The state minister for urban development and housing Dr Nalaka Godahewa revealed in the recently held investor forum the government’s ambitious multi million dollar plan for the socio-economic development of Sri Lanka.
In the forum the state minister was keen on demonstrating to both local and foreign investors that the Colombo Port City would not be the only place of investment and that the entire country in itself if an investors paradise.
According to the plans proposed Colombo, Hambantota, Jaffna and Trincomalee will be considered as the 4 main commercial cities and would see the constructions of even airports and harbours to facilitate future commercial activities. Cities such as Kandy, Anuradhapure, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Galle, Badulla, Mannar, Batticalo and Kurunegala were classified as national cities focusing on their historical significance in developing the economy. A 3rd level of classification as connecting cities were also introduced which as its name points out connects the commercial and national cities together, the proposed cities to be considered under this category include Puttalam, Negambo, Pottuvil, Dambulla, Matara, Nuwara Eliya and Buttala. The integration of these cities would result in the development of ‘agro industrialization’ as referenced by the minister.
The minister also talked about the government’s continuing commitment for the development of the road networks and stated that they hope to build over 100 000 km of alternate routes. A well maintained road network would prove vital to ensure fast access and connectivity between the major commercial hubs and other areas.
Dr Godahewa also drew attention to many other plans of the government such as the development of real estate. He stated that according to a roadmap developed by the Urban Development Council they intend to classify areas into 3 main development clusters namely real estate and townships, tourism & leisure and finally Logistics and Transportations hubs. The minister also stated that the government hopes to complete over 300 000 housing units in the form of multi-story apartment complexes by 2025.
The minister went on to elaborate further on the government’s plans to further enhance the tourism industry across the nation and called for continuing support from both local and foreign investors to make Sri Lanka Asia’s new miracle.
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