Inaugural session of newly elected CMC at BMICH

Published : 10:00 am  February 15, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (419) reads | 

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By Nabeela Hussain   

Meetings of the newly elected Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) , due to the lack of seating for all members at the existing premises, Commissioner V. K. A Anura said yesterday.   


The number of councilors doubled this term in many local government bodies in the country, including Colombo which has now grown to 119 from 53, due to the new electoral system. High ranking officials in numerous local government bodies stated they had to either expand the existing premises or find a new space for the newly elected members to convene.   


Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Anura said that several meetings of the new council will be held at the BMICH as they were unable to begin work on the new chamber without the approval of the Council. “This is a historical site and anything done within it needs to be approved by the Council which was just elected.”   

 

Several meetings of the new council will be held at the BMICH as they were unable to begin work on the new chamber without the approval of the Council. “This is a historical site and anything done within it needs to be approved by the Council which was just elected


Accordingly, officials have proposed the new chamber be established at a new location in the Town Hall building, the meeting place for elected representatives since it was completed.   


The construction of a new building, behind the Town Hall building, is to be completed soon allowing several departments to be shifted to the new site. “Once these departments have shifted we will use the space to establish the new council chamber,” a source at the municipality said.   


The Commissioner concluded that the old Council Chamber will be converted into a museum, housing the history of the Colombo Municipality.   


The Town Hall building constructed in 1928 has housed the Council Chamber, the meeting place for elected representatives of the Colombo Municipal Council, under its dome since it was declared open by the then Governor Sir Herbert Stanley.