Linear Park along Beira Lake open to public

Published : 9:12 am  June 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (352) reads | 

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  • Renovation cost: Rs. 640mn
  • Steps to construct a 2.5km-long pathway from Lake House to Vauxhall Street 

 

CITY-DM-4-2The Linear Park along Beira Lake was open to the public earlier this week, said Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka.    


“The park renovated at a cost of Rs. 640 million was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena. The lake will become the nerve centre of the city. It was once considered a dumping ground with sewerage lines leading to and garbage being dumped into it. It was the poor people in the area who suffered the consequences of this. We managed to provide housing facilities to 350 families over the years. 


“However, the second phase of the project is to construct a 2.5km-long walking pathway from Lake House in D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha to Vauxhall Street. We hope to extend this walkway from Vauxhall Street to the People’s Bank Head Office, and to construct another pathway from Gangarama to Hilton Hotel. The Ports Authority, Sathosa, the Transport Ministry and other commercial areas of about 200 acres are to be developed under the project.  


“The railway station at D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha will also be developed into a major transportation centre. Under the first phase of the project, Chalmers’ Granaries land will be developed and the Manning Market relocated to Peliyagoda. This project is however already underway. The completion of the project will also see the Beira Lake being connected to the Colombo Port  City. It will be done with the backing of the World Bank. The project will ensure the city transforms into a better commercial hub in years to come. Projects to clear the Beira Lake are scheduled to begin this year. We are aiming at ensuring a greener Colombo,” he said.   

 

The completion of the project will also see the Beira Lake being connected to the Colombo Port  City. It will be done with the backing of the World Bank. The project will ensure the city transforms into a better commercial hub in years to come

 

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