Sept 15, Colombo: The Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest tower in South Asia, will be opened to the public tomorrow under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The 350 m tall Lotus Tower constructed at a cost of US $ 104.3 million with funding from the government of China is considered to be the tallest tower in South Asia.
Under the Belt and Road Initiative, Sri Lanka and China signed the Lotus Tower agreement in 2012 to build the highest TV tower in South Asia, with China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) being the general contractor.
The Lotus Tower will function as a TV tower, a hotel, a shopping mall and a conference center.
There are four gates to the Lotus Tower, which covers an area of 30,600 square meters. There is also a restaurant and a communication museum on the ground floor. The 6th storey tower has two exhibit halls for the faculty. The observatory has been built on the seventh floor.
There is also a restaurant and a communication museum on the ground floor and a two exhibition halls on the sixth floor while the seventh floor has the observation deck.