Jan 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the biggest urban development project following the development of Colombo will be carried out in Monaragala and Hambanthota districts.
Addressing an election rally in Moneragala town Thursday evening in support of the United National Party (UNP) candidates in the Moneragala district, the Premier said his government did not limit the industrialization projects only to Hambanthota district.
Such projects can be launched in Moneragala and Wellawaya following the identification of suitable lands.
A new highway will be constructed to link Mattala and Wellawaya areas. A new oil refinery will be constructed in Hambantota and it will bring enormous benefits to the village communities living in Hambantota district, the Premier said.
The Prime Minister noted that if the government has no income no proper development can be carried out.
"During the past we launched an invisible development. Now we have money to engage in visible development that will be apparent to all. Accordingly the economic improvement in Hambantota will be extended up to Moneragala and Badulla and our objective will be to develop Ruhuna and Uva at the same time," he said.
The Premier recalling that the former UNP government completed the work on the Mahaweli campaign which had been scheduled to be completed in a period of 30 years, within 8 years, said building the economy in Ruhuna and Uva will not be such a challenge for the United National Party which overcame the challenge of Mahaweli then.
He further said that a tourist zone will be set centered on Ella and it will be extended up to Badulla and Bandarawela areas. "Through this we can achieve immense improvement in these places," the Premier added.
The Prime Minister pointed out that national development is by the government and the village development is done by the local government. In order to develop the villages as well as the country, both governments should work together, he said requesting the people to give the power to the UNP at the local level as they had done at the national level.