Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Galle Heritage Foundation says that a large number of assets in the historic Galle Fort have been purchased by foreign nationals.
A recent survey conducted by the Galle Heritage Foundation, a statutory board established to conserve the Fort as a historic cultural city center and a site of archaeological importance and develop it to be a cultural tourist location of excellence, has revealed that 102 houses in the Galle Dutch Fort have been purchased by foreigners.
This is nearly half of the 223 houses located in the historic fortress.
President of Galle Heritage Foundation Parakrama Dahanayake said that there is a tendency of the owners of houses in Galle Fort selling their property at very high prices to foreigners and purchasing land from other areas.
The properties purchased by the foreigners are used as hospitality trade business venues, he said.
The number of residents in the Fort has also dropped to 961 compared to 1589 in 2009, the official said.