200-year-old metal lamp posts

Published : 12:02 am  October 30, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (227) reads | 

still seen in Colombo

  • The lamp posts are believed to be connected to central gas system, which lit the entire city
  • A lamp post can be seen at the Veterinary office of the Colombo Municipality in Borella

 

 Text & Pics by Indika Sri Aravinda   

The metal lamp posts scattered across by-lanes in Colombo are more than 200 years old.   


The lamp posts are believed to be connected to central gas system, leading to the Colombo Harbour, which lit the entire city with imported LP gas.   


The underground pipe system, believed to exist to this day, is similar to the lighting systems set up by the British in other colonized countries such as Bangladesh where the system is in use even today. The system is considered to be less expensive compared to other city lighting systems as it needs only a small amount of gas.   


Municipality officials are yet to identify the mixture of metal used to manufacture the posts, but it is widely believed that iron combined with another metal, which has allowed most to survive close to 200 years.   


The number of lamp posts in the city is unknown, however officials said there were 50 posts still standing in the city today. A lamp post can be seen at the Veterinary office of the Colombo Municipality in Borella, while others can be seen in Kollupitiya and Bambalapitiya.   


It is interesting to note that the Colombo Municipality is the oldest local government body established by the British in the South Asian region.