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* Accelerated program to develop Sri Lanka's capital Colombo
Wed, Feb 17, 2010, 09:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa met senior government officials this morning at the Temple Trees to discuss an accelerated program to develop the country's capital Colombo.

Discussions were held to auspiciously launch the 'Nagamu Purawara' development project aimed at uplifting the city of Colombo on February 21st with the participation of the President.

Addressing the participants, President Rajapaksa said political leaders and public servants should realize their responsibilities and serve the country and the people without focusing on narrow political gains or their salaries.

The project aims to replace the slums and dilapidated housing schemes to suitable dwelling places, provide sanitary and common bathing facilities, and to develop adequate waste and drainage facilities, access roads, power, and drinking water facilities.

Initially, 354 housing complexes around Colombo without basic facilities would receive attention in the provision of necessary amenities.

Plans to clean and maintain of about 42 km of roadways around the area, to provide necessary repairs to flats and develop other common facilities under the project were also discussed at the meeting.

Appealing to the participants to consider development of the country as their prime duty, the President Rajapaksa instructed the relevant institutions to carry out the plans to cover the entire city of Colombo and complete such activities within five weeks from its initiation.

Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Council and Sacred Area, Dr. P.Ramnujam, Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, M.M. Ferdinandez, Chairman of Port Authority. Priyath Bandu Wikrama, Chairman of Urban Development Authority, Sanath Weerakoon and several other senior officials were present at the discussion.

(Pictures by Chandana Perera)

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