Mar 18, Colombo: The government has planned a three year development program for the southern city of Kataragama at an estimated cost of Rs. 400 million, the Minister of Public Administration and Management Ranjith Madduma Bandara has said.
According to the Minister the proposed program includes a special tourism development project enclosing the Katharagam Devalaya, Kiri Vehera and Maha Devalaya.
Minister Madduma Bandara announced this at an event held today to declare open the mobile service intended to resolve land issues of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya, state run radio reported.
He said the lands will be leased out, to farmers in Kataragama in short term basis, and to businessmen in long term basis.
He further said the largest industrial zone in the island, is to be launched, linking Hambanthota and Moneragala. Government plans to commence the program in July and 3000 acres from Kuda Oya in Moneragala, have been allocated already for the industrial zone.