Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan President opens upmarket shopping arcade in Colombo
Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 11:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open a new upmarket shopping complex at the Independence Square in the posh neighborhood of the capital Colombo.

The "Independent Square Arcade" was constructed by converting the old office complex of Auditor General's Department into an upmarket shopping mall under the Phase two of Independence Square Renovation Project.

The special project under the Colombo city development programme has been completed at a cost of Rs. 550 million by the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development under the instructions of Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Renovation of the historical building which was constructed in 1799 during Dutch colonial rule of Ceylon has been carried out by Sri Lanka Army and Navy preserving its original architecture.

An area of 90,000 square feet has been developed with attractive commercial buildings covering 40,000 square feet and a public garden to attract foreign and local visitors. The renovation has been completed within a short period of 2 years adhering to the green concept.

The shopping complex will comprise 42 high end shops selling some of the world's well-known brands. According to the Chairman of Urban Development Authority Nimal Perera, all the shops had been given to local businessmen.

Under the Colombo city development programme, the government is converting old office buildings into high end shopping enterprises while preserving the old architecture to attract upscale local and foreign tourists.

A similar shopping complex was built and opened in 2012 October in the old colonial building of Colombo Racecourse after renovating the building to preserve its historical value and the colonial architecture under expert architectural design.

Earlier the Urban Development Authority renovated the old Colombo Dutch Hospital in Colombo Fort that was built by Dutch colonial rulers in 18th century as a modern trade complex.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Central Bank of Sri Lanka approves 29 consolidation plans of financial institutions
-- [15 minutes ago]
MP of Sri Lanka main opposition threatens to cross over to government
-- [46 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan court issues injunction against health workers' strike
-- [1 hour and 44 minutes ago]
Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to enhance defense cooperation
-- [2 hours ago]
U.S. support for new hospital in Sri Lanka's former war zone
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka inflation declines to 3.5 percent in August 2014
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Tamil party ready to talk with the government
-- [9 hours ago]
Weapons belonged to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorists unearthed in Indian forest reserve
Avis announces new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines
Tough action against Sri Lankan rice traders hiding rice stocks

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.