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18 Mar, 2011 14:08:59
Sri Lanka prepares model in bid for Commonwealth Games
Mar 18, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka has prepared a model with 20 key venues and facilities in its bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the southern town of Hambantota, the central bank said in a statement.
The organising committee of the Commonwealth Games 2018 Candidate City Hambantota is preparing an "attractive" bid document under the 15 stipulated themes to be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), it said.
The model of Sri Lanka's Games City which includes an athletics stadium, an aquatic centre, a multi-sports complex, a velodrome stadium and a hockey stadium is to be unveiled on Saturday.
The recently built Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota also serves as a key venue of the city plan and all other sites including the Games Village are to be constructed around the cricket stadium.
CGF chief executive Mike Hooper is scheduled to visit the proposed games city at the weekend.
"The key purpose of the CEO’s visit to Sri Lanka will be to understand the steps being taken by Hambantota as a Candidate City for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and to assess the commitment and preparedness of the city towards hosting the games," the statement said.
18 Mar, 2011 17:27:56
Sri Lanka expressway first stage nears completion
Mar 18, 2011 (LBO) - Construction work on stage one of Sri Lanka's first expressway is set to end this month with 99 percent of the work over, according to details revealed by the Road Development Authority.
The southern expressway, being built in four stages, will have a total length of 131.1 kilometres and allow 100 kilometres an hour travel between the capital Colombo and the southern town of Matara.
The total cost of the first three phases of the project with a highway length of 95.3 km to the southern town of Galle has risen to 59.5 billion rupees, according to the RDA.
The first stage of the road to be done, by end-March, a 29.3 km section between the town of Kurundugahahetekma and Pinnaduwa, in southern Galle, is funded by a loan from the Asian Development Bank.
Contractor Kumagai Gumi of Japan started work in April 2003 and the cost of this project has increased to 24.1 billion rupees, the RDA said.
Another section of 34.4 km from Kottawa, a suburb of Colombo, to Dodangoda, which is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), started in September 2005 and is scheduled to end in July 2011.
The RDA said 85 percent of the work on this section is over. It is being built by China Harbour Engineering Company with the cost having risen to 20 billion rupees.
Another section of 31.6 km from Dodangoda to Kurundugahahetekma, also funded by JICA with Taisei Corp of Japan as contractor, is set for completion by end-July 2011.
The RDA said 80 percent of work on this section, which began in March 2006, is over with the cost having risen to 15.4 billion rupees.
The fourth section of 35.8 km of the southern expressway, started in June 2010, will stretch from Pinnaduwa in Galle to the southern town of Matara.
This section is funded by Exim Bank of China with the contractor being China National Import & Export Corporation.
The RDA did not reveal the cost of this section nor the scheduled completion date.
The southern expressway will initially have four lanes, later to be widened to six lanes, with 11 interchanges connecting to the rest of the road network, RDA director-general R W R Pemasiri said.
Pemasiri said part of the expressway from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa in Galle, will be opened to the public in July.
are they upgrading or is it about the colombo port city development with new apartments hotels etc.....
Colombo Port City Project
New thread to discuss about the new Colombo Port City. The Colombo Port Project thread can be used to discuss about the new Colombo South Port Project.
A new port city in Colombo soon
[March 24 2011]
By Uditha Kumarasinghe
Ports and Highways Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena told the Parliament a feasibility study is undertaken to reclaim a land of 300 - 400acres in the open sea between Galle Face to Kollupity to establish a new port city.
The proposed new port city will be planned and develop as a modern city to establish economic centre of Colombo city addressing constrains related to the haphazard development of buildings and road network in the existing Colombo city, he said.
The Minister said new port city will enhance the investment opportunities in phase with the Colombo Port expansion project and enable to reach megaeconomic targets.
According to Minister this approximate project cost is estimated as US $300 million and the feasibility study of the project is being done by a team of professionals comprising Moratuwa University and Sri Lanka Authority.
He said the construction work on the oil tanks complex of the port will be completed by May this year. Therefore the port would be able to provide fuel to ships with effect from June the port would provide various other services to ships as well.
Expected ‘Port City’ comes to Colombo
Posted by ann on Feb 14th, 2011 and filed under News.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority has started the initial construction work of the proposed “Colombo Port City” project, a top official of Ports Authority told “Lanka News Today”.
It will be built near Galleface, adjacent to Colombo South harbor.
Revealing about the new project, the top official of Sri Lanka Ports Authority told ‘Lanka News Today’ that the initial land surveys are being conducted at the moment. Though the official did not reveal the deadline, he said the project will reach its completion as quick as possible.
“Colombo Port City” which is going to be built in a 400 acre land area, acquired from the sea. Sri Lanka Ports Authority has already planned to build the “port city” as a separate island near Galleface.
The planned “port city” will be used for business oriented purposes, entertainment and tourism promotion.
Sri Lankan government is expecting to spend more than $400 million dollars to complete this massive project.
Internationally, there are so many sophisticated “port cities”, connected to the busiest harbours all over the world. Sri Lanka Ports Authority is planning to construct a “port city” of that caliber, in order to attract investors and tourists.
Formula One track
A Formula One track is planned for the New Port City to be constructed in the vicinity of the Colombo Port. According to the Chairman, Ports Authority, Dr. Priyath Wickrama an eight lane F1 track will “definitely” be a part of the New Port City, he said.
Formula One has strict requirements for its tracks and the Sri Lankan track, if it is to be a reality, must be carefully planned if it is to be implemented in the New Port City. Currently planners are formulating ways of fitting the track in the premises of the city whilst also allowing for maximum leeway for commercial activities. Space is also a problem so a synergistic approach with commercial roads must also be adopted. F1 tracks around the globe often use sections of public roads for racing.
The New Port City will set Sri Lanka up for its own city-on-the-sea akin to Palm Island and The World, Dubai. The city is to be constructed on filled land taking up the area between the Southern edge of the new Colombo South Port and the Fort Lighthouse. The total area of sea reclaimed is set to be 400 acres.
‘The New Port City Development Project will be implemented in March 2011’ said Chairman, Ports Authority, Dr. Priyath Wickrama in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Leader. The New Port City is a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was apparently inspired while out on a visit to inspect the landfill being constructed for the Colombo South port.
‘The new city is going to be well planned. Colombo unfortunately is not very well planned anymore. It was a quite well planned city during colonial times but has since become haphazard,’ said Wickrama.
The initiatives for the city involves shopping complexes, hotels, office complexes, etc. There is also a marina planned for boats and other water based activities.
The construction is set to begin in March 2011 with an initial budget of $400 million. The filling of the land is projected to take two years while subsequent infrastructure construction is projected to take another one and a half years.
‘The Ports Authority will call for investors to buy land for use and construction as the project gets underway’ said Wickrama adding that private sector funds will be key in ensuring that the project is completed in time. He also said that many investors both local and foreign have shown ‘a lot of interest’ in investing already.
‘The models have been constructed and feasibility studies have been done. All the expertise has been provided by us and no foreign consultants have been approached so far. The technology and knowledge needed for filling the land is sophisticated. A monorail is planned to reduce congestion in the city. Entrants will be encouraged to park their cars at the entrance and use the monorail to navigate the city,’ he said. According to Wickrama the funding will likely come from a Chinese source as some interest has already been conveyed from there. Wickrama also mentioned that bonds will be issued to raise funds in addition to private investments.
‘The Ports Authority has been financially stable but could perform much better,’ said General Manager Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, adding that a key reason for this is the foreign exchange loss suffered in the repayment of a yen loan taken for super infrastructure developments a decade ago. ‘The New Port City project more than anything else will be a massive revenue earner for the Ports Authority,’ he said.
* Filling sea land for new city in Sri Lanka capital to begin next month
Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 08:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka is to begin filling the sea land in May to build the proposed Port City attached to Colombo.
The sea land to be filled is from the breakwater of the Colombo South Harbor to the Galle Face in front of the Presidential Secretariat.
Under a directive of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan government is to reclaim between over 400 acres of sea land to build the Port City at a cost of US$ 300 million.
Chairman of the Ports Authority Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, who is in charge of the construction, says that the new city to be built in a 450-acre land created by filling the sea land will be a separate administrative unit.
The buildings to be constructed in the new city are to be above 35 stories, he told the media.
The proposed offshore city, to be divided into three segments- business, residential and leisure, will be developed into a modern city with high rises, hotels, residential apartments, shopping malls, and other space to cater to the public needs.
Lotus Tower to begin work next month
National policy on broadband soon:
The final Bill Of Quantities (BOQ) of the proposed Colombo TV tower project is now being finalized.
The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) expects to start construction work of the tower next month.
The 350-metre tower in Peliyagoda will be constructed with an investment of US $ 103 million. This Lotus Tower will be the latest in the country with seven levels, TRCSL Director General Anusha Palpita told Daily News Business.
The tower is scheduled to be completed within 30 months and will be managed by a public company owned by the TRCSL.
Its shares will be issued to the public once the construction process is completed.
The country has sufficient TV and radio stations to match the frequencies available and we are in the process of re-aligning the radio frequencies to provide a better service to customers. A committee is appointed to study the situation, as at present there are more stations than the country can afford.
“A specialized team of engineers is working on this matter to provide a solution,” he said.
Though there is no room for another mobile service provider the TRCSL will take measures to introduce a player to the market in the event the present mobile industrialists fail to increase broadband penetration in the country.
The TRCSL’s aim is to increase penetration in urban and rural areas, as there is low penetration currently.
The TRCSL is concerned about the broadband speed provided by operators and to ascertain the speed subscribers will have the opportunity of speed testing utility from their own network shortly.
It is in the process of carrying out the initial work on the formulation of a national policy on broadband to enable an effective service, Palpita said.
National Performing Arts Theatre
Lotus Pond in the heart of Colombo:
The wonder world of performing artistes
by Padma EDIRISINGHE
Right now it has no name, I mean a cute little name. Its long and official baptismal name however is National Performing Arts Theatre. In Sinhala, Jathika Prasanga Kala Rangahala, a long-felt need in the aesthetic arena of the country.
The big baby, or more correctly, the huge giant is gradually emerging from the womb of the mega city in one corner of the cultural box of Colombo. This box in itself is fantastic in that for about two-and-a-half centuries it has been housing such vital institutions as the National Museum, the Archaeological Department premises and the Royal Asiatic Society premises. No other apt location could the baby have chosen to come out into the wide world.
For those digging into the antecedents of the area, it was at one time blanketed with the Kurundu Kale or the cinnamon groves of Colombo. Once this hotly pursued bride of the Orient, promoted here by the Dutch, was chased away by the British to make way for a swarm of human habitats and commercial complexes with the above mentioned venues too sprouting here and there.
The whole city was burgeoning not only into prominence, but also to an overspill of asphalt constructions that the city found it hard to breathe.
Prof. Nimal De Silva, who leads the Sri Lankan team in the venture of putting up the wonderland, says that the golf links of Colombo came to play the role of the lungs of Colombo enabling the city to breathe.
The Nomads Golf Links, one such land that later was converted into the Municipality Cricket Grounds of Colombo, today is the sprawling area throwing up the ‘wonderland’ with gusto and grandeur.
Springboard for action
According to the Professor, the idea of putting up a spacious venue for performing artistes was born as far away as the Sirimavo Bandaranaike regime. It again made some headway during Chandrika Bandaranaike's regime too, but only as an idea. The springboard for action was the vision and the electrified energy of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Fuelled by the attention of Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, bristling and vibrant action commenced.
Perhaps, some may argue whether there is the need for such a centre when the city is already endowed with the grand BMICH and other venues such as the John De Silva Theatre (in the vicinity), the Tower Hall, the Elphinstone and Lionel Wendt. But each of them does not aspire to the standards of a proper centre for performing arts.
The BMICH was built as a conference hall and not as a theatre hall and the others specifically built as theatre halls are not spacious enough and lack many a facility.
According to Cultural Ministry sources, the total project is funded by the Chinese Government - 40 percent as a grant and 60 percent as a soft loan. When the Chinese team came in, they had a look around the island for inspiration from Sri Lanka's traditional architecture, and the Lotus Pond of Polonnaruwa caught their roving eye.
So the Theatre for Performing Arts would bloom out in Colombo 7 in exactly the same aesthetic glory that is stamped in our second capital. Artistic motifs such as Palapethi and Narilatha will embellish its balustrades and stairways and ceilings, evoking the cultural efflorescence of the island of centuries gone by.
Seven storeys high, it is again a Sath Mahal Prasada in itself, sprawling in an area, which according to Ministry sources, spans 2.17 hectares, the building covering 15,562 square metres. Its main components are the theatre hall, rehearsal and dressing rooms, large cafeteria, and car park for 550 vehicles. A sophisticated lighting and sound system is another asset.
The petals as they open out provide seating to spectators. The ensuing dazzling view has only to be seen to be believed, but to be seen it is not yet complete and the accompanying visuals will help, constructing the envisaged Nelum Pokuna that will grace our commercial capital from the dawn of the 21st Century.
Nelum Pokuna! It means the Lotus Pond! What more fitting name than this for a venue of aesthetes that will raise the city to the choicest of the world's mega cities in the sphere of cultural showcasing and entertainment of rich vintage?
The writer is indebted to Wimal Rubasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs for his assistance in gathering information for this article.
China gifts performing arts centre
By L.S. Ananda WEDAARACHCHI
The first International Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) which is a donation from China worth over Rs. 3,200 million will be opened soon. The construction work of this centre which is situated next to the Visual and Performing Arts University of Sri Lanka at Albert Crescent, Colombo 7 will be completed shortly.
The Sunday Observer had an interview with Culture and Arts Ministry Secretary Wimal Rubasingha on the IPAC.
Excerpts of the interview:
Q: What is meant by 'Performing Arts'?
A: Performing Arts could be defined as the joint and live presentation of dance, music and drama on stage.
Sri Lanka is endowed with an advanced civilisation and a culture of over 3,000 years.
We have a written record of history in the great chorinicle "Mahawamsa" going back 2,600 years.
Dance, music and drama have been Sri Lanka's pride for centuries. Legend has it that Prince Wijaya, the first king of Sri Lanka heard music when he met Kuveni who was spinning yarn.
Sri Lankans are a highly cultured people largely nourished by Buddhism for over 2,600 years. Buddhism acknowledges the aesthetic values of man.
Q: Why do you say that this is the first international Performing Arts Centre in Sri Lanka.
A: A fully fledged performing Arts Centre was a long-felt need of the Sri Lankan artistes. Although they used the BMICH Theatre, Royal College New Arts Theatre, Elphinstone or Tower Hall they were not perfect performing arts stages.
Q: Can you elaborate?
A: Asian countries such as Japan, China, South Korea have performing arts theatres that have facilities such as moving stages, dressing rooms, rooms for relaxing for artistes and car parks under one roof. The recently refurbished. Tower Hall has only 300 seats. Other centres cannot accommodate more than 500 persons. This was a long-felt need for Sri Lanka.
Q: What made China to donate such a state-of-the-art theatre to Sri Lanka?
A: China and Sri Lanka have had cordial relations throughout history. Famous Chinese Bhikkhus Fa-Hien and Hiyun San visited Sri Lanka in the sixth century.
Archaeological evidence bears testimony to China-Sri Lanka Social, Cultural and Economic relations which go back thousands of years.
Although China was willing to fund a part of the construction cost of the project at the beginning later they expressed wiliness to fund the entire project of Rs. 3,200 million.
Construction materials were imported from China for the project.
The Project Manager IPAC - former Secretary of the Smallholder Development Ministry S. Vithanage said that IPAC has all the facilities of a modern performing art centre.
It consists of an ultra modern moving stage on the ground floor, open arts theatre on fifth floor, 17 dressing rooms, office rooms, canteen and parking facilities for over 300 cars.
The Municipal grounds which has an extent of 2.17 hectares was taken over by the Cultural Ministry to set up the Centre for Performing Arts. The centre is 29 metres high and covers 14,000 square metres, he said.
Construction work of the IPAC is handled by China's Xanjian Group.
Its Deputy Chief Engineer and the Acting Head of the Chinese Staff Han Chunlei said that more than 100 Chinese engineers, technicians and labourers worked up to last month.
At present there are only 37 engineers and technicians tasked with the responsibility of completing the project on target.
Han said that the interior is expected to be completed before the end of this month.Chinese staff will work in Sri Lanka for a couple of months to train their Sri Lankan counterparts in the maintenance and operations work of the centre.
Sri Lankan engineers Gamunu Silva and Nimal Silva are the engineering consultant and architectural consultant for the project.
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US$ 1.5 billion financial assistance from China for Sri Lanka's infrastructure projects
These are the great pictures of Lotus tower. It looks great in the day but in the night I looks amazing. We can see the lighting of the building. I will go there to see.
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