Oct 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka will be transformed to a smart country with Colombo remaining as the epicenter for economic activities under the newly introduced megapolis concept spanning from Negombo to Beruwela, Megapolis and Western Region Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said.
The entire Western Province will be a megapolis area by 2030, which ensures equal opportunities for every citizen, the minister told a gathering at the launch of the South Asian Regional Flag Ship Report in Sri Lanka at Colombo Hilton last week.
The plan is to transform Colombo into a main business, hub he said adding that the region already has well developed infrastructure, which can be easily scaled up to international standards.
The urbanization and housing for an estimated two million people will be the aim of the megapolis initiative, as opposed to the approximately one million now, which will conform to all cultural, social and geographical norms, he disclosed. The plans for Colombo include a marina, a cruise center, a waterfront promenade and housing for an estimated 2 million people.
The Minister emphasized the need of protecting the environment, water resources and other needs for the benefit of the society.