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This Beira Lake development under the Megapolis ministry is much bigger than cleaning a city lake and building a embankment with a linear park. The Beira Lake development is a major masterplan for Colombo. It is already having huge impact on the city as big or even bigger than the Colombo Port City. As indicated in the second slide below many projects discussed in this forum like the Shangri La, Cinnamon Life, Altair etc. are part of this Beira Lake development master plan project.

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Below slides reposted here were shared by Ragnarok123 few weeks back in the Colombo Megapolis thread here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=144086189#post144086189





















































http://www.uda.gov.lk/upload/attach/Media%20-Zoning%20Plan.pdf
 

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Status 15 Sites Under Beira Lake Development



http://www.uda.gov.lk/upload/attach/Media -Zoning Plan.pdf

Status of 15 sites under Ran Masu Pura

(Below details to the best of my knowledge. Please fill in any details you know. I've made Bold the sites that are yet to see any activity.)

1) Former Crown Casino site - currently a parking lot. no sign of development

2) U/C - Stores and good sheds currently demolished. Few operating businesses like a casino, exhibition and convention center in this site area.

3) Lotus Tower site - U/C

4) Former Excel world and other commercial warehouses. No development plans heard or visible construction from road.

5) small houses and busineses currently being demolished. Also has couple low high rise modern buildings of Aiken Spence offices.

6) Commercial and housing. No sign of development or demolitions yet.

7) Commercial and housing. No sign of development or demolitions yet.


8) Slave Island station surroudings - Half the area cleared. Tata housing for displaced U/C. , Military School U/C

9) Fully cleared and U/C - Cinnamon Life U/C, Destiny I & II U/C

10) Fully cleared and U/C - Shangri La One Galle Face U/C, ITC U/C

11) Cleared and U/C - Roadways and park areas U/C

12) Cleared and U/C - Roadways and park areas U/C

13) Cleared and Baladaksha Mawatha U/C

14) Cleared and U/C - Altair, Colombo City Centre, Capital Twin Peaks U/C except site allocated to Shangri-La.

15) Leanier park surrounding in small Beira was completed in early 2000 but since not maintained. Some places in bad state of repair.
 

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http://www.uda.gov.lk/upload/attach/Media -Zoning Plan.pdf

In above plan, between site 13 & 15 along little Beira lake canal Gotabaya Rajapaksha created this beautiful little leaner park around 2013. I've pass it sometimes, its now little niglected but still is beautiful. Seems like Megapolis plan for Beira Lake has left it out. Also notice, the Pettah floating market is aldready completed and should have been incorporated into the site 2 development. But they have left that out too. I think every Government should incoporate previous good works and continue on the development projects irrespective of who did what. This not a good indication of politics in our country. Makes one wonder what will happen to this Beira lake project or the bigger Megapolis plans and developments currently underway :hmm:

Leanear Park between site 13 & 15 in 2013.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/22482/for-a-greener-colombo

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Site 2, 3 - Around Beira Lake - embankment seems complete

https://www.facebook.com/rising.sri...967672741837/1839967082741896/?type=3&theater

site 4,5, 6, 7

https://www.facebook.com/rising.sri...967672741837/1839967082741896/?type=3&theater


https://www.facebook.com/rising.sri...967672741837/1839967082741896/?type=3&theater

Site 3, 4 & 5



https://www.facebook.com/rising.sri...967672741837/1839966459408625/?type=3&theater

Construction of Bank Protection Works of Beira Lake



YEAR: 2014
LOCATION: Colombo
CATEGORY: Storm Water Disposal & Land Drainage
WORTH: Rs. 290Mn

ABOUT PROJECT
The work involved the rehabilitation of the banks of East Beira Lake and to develop lands and the construction of storm water drains, lake outfalls and the discontinuation of all waste water outlets including sewerage lines to the lake, whilst improving the quality of environment and the beauty of the city.
source:
http://www.bpp.lk/projects/details/1

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Project Details

PROJECT LOCATIONS Beira Lake
CONTRACT NO MCUDP/UDA/W/03-A
CONTRACTOR BUSINESS PROMOTERS AND PARTNERS(PVT)LTD
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST LKR.269,856,836.80
DATE OF COMMENCEMENT 2013-09-17
DATE OF COMPLETION 2014-09-16
ORIGINAL DURATION 12 MONTHS


https://mcudp.lk/view_project.php?p_id=589401e3a14aa
 

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...w-4Ttd89h3Djel3__5AH1jo7CySJqxS-UfVAA&theater

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Cleaning up Beira Lake, Rejuvenating Colombo City

Written by Mina Zhan
Learning from the transformation of the Singapore River

By 2025, Beira Lake will be transformed from a polluted waterbody today into
a scenic asset of Colombo City. This is the vision that the Sri Lankan Ministry
of Megapolis and Western Development Colombo unveiled in November
2017 as part of a plan to develop the city’s Central Business District.

Read full article:
https://www.clc.gov.sg/documents/books/research-workshop/2018/bc_2018_01_beira_lake.pdf
 

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I think UDA has to do some thing to eliminate crows in colombo city. nomatter what beatification going wast if that not happends. birds-shit is the biggest annoying this in colombo ,its every where. just park your car 5min under a tree or somwhere ,your windscreen will be greeted by :storm: of birdshit.
I'd say the main culprit is the garbage and sewage issues. Clear out the mountains of garbage in and around the megapolis, and ban waste landfills within it. Hire more staff and buy more garbage trucks for pickups around Colombo, and make sure it's done properly. Fine anyone that lets garbage build up in their neighbourhood without reporting it. And for the love of God, stop using 'canals' as sewage pipes. We're a tropical country and will always have crows, but get rid of the waste and we'll at least be able to get it under some level of control. Killing crows might be less popular, however. You'll have certain members of religious communities and/or the animal rights people screaming their heads off. I remember the kind of shitstorm that happened when the Galle Face Hotel (which, to this day suffers from loads of crows) started hiring pest control companies to deal with the crow problem back when my dad worked there. Crows were literally flying in and picking food off the buffets.
 

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I'd say the main culprit is the garbage and sewage issues. Clear out the mountains of garbage in and around the megapolis, and ban waste landfills within it. Hire more staff and buy more garbage trucks for pickups around Colombo, and make sure it's done properly. Fine anyone that lets garbage build up in their neighbourhood without reporting it. And for the love of God, stop using 'canals' as sewage pipes. We're a tropical country and will always have crows, but get rid of the waste and we'll at least be able to get it under some level of control. Killing crows might be less popular, however. You'll have certain members of religious communities and/or the animal rights people screaming their heads off. I remember the kind of shitstorm that happened when the Galle Face Hotel (which, to this day suffers from loads of crows) started hiring pest control companies to deal with the crow problem back when my dad worked there. Crows were literally flying in and picking food off the buffets.
Agree.

I heard in early years when Singapore developing they tried killing crows. They got rid of them. But they notices small insects, snails etc started increasing and more diseases spreading faster. So they stopped killing them and ecology back to normal. They tried other methods of managing crows like you suggest and it was a success.

So best way reduce is to address the causes of its increase like garbage collection etc.
 

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Construction of Ring Road along West Bank of West Beira Lake.

Colombo Municipal Council
Access Engineering PLC.
Project Value: Rs. 418.06 Million
Commencement: May 15, 2017











https://www.facebook.com/SriLankaDe...316367354670/2138679253085047/?type=3&theater

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As at 4th Feb 2018



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=260649567804548&set=pcb.260650004471171&type=3&theater

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Beautiful International standard Tennis Courts (02) with viewing stands with a background by the Beira Lake. (I think these are part of St Joseph college colombo. Hope its open to public for booking like other school courts in Colombo.)



Brand new Ashpalt Courts of international standard by the Beira Lake. Digital Score Board is plaanned. New Lotus tower in the background



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...il-2mxkxUy-W93FQ6I8_i7S0Xb9aFo&type=3&theater
 

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I think UDA has to do some thing to eliminate crows in colombo city. nomatter what beatification going wast if that not happends. birds-shit is the biggest annoying this in colombo ,its every where. just park your car 5min under a tree or somwhere ,your windscreen will be greeted by :storm: of birdshit.
Colombo and Kandy too proper garbage disposal specially of food waste will be the single most important step could be taken.
But even after the relocation of Pettah fish Market there is no reduction in Crow population in Pettah reason is still they are on surplus food availability.Removing Manning market will have some impact in future but there should be proper approach to the issue reduction of population. Bringing down the crow population to its original natural existent threshold is the ideal rather than total elimination, A proper scientific study should be undertaken based Environment and Bird concerned.
 

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Construction of Ring Road along West Bank of West Beira Lake.

Colombo Municipal Council
Access Engineering PLC.
Project Value: Rs. 418.06 Million
Commencement: May 15, 2017











https://www.facebook.com/SriLankaDe...316367354670/2138679253085047/?type=3&theater

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=260649567804548&set=pcb.260650004471171&type=3&theater

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Beautiful International standard Tennis Courts (02) with viewing stands with a background by the Beira Lake. (I think these are part of St Joseph college colombo. Hope its open to public for booking like other school courts in Colombo.)



Brand new Ashpalt Courts of international standard by the Beira Lake. Digital Score Board is plaanned. New Lotus tower in the background



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...il-2mxkxUy-W93FQ6I8_i7S0Xb9aFo&type=3&theater
I believe this is a waste of land utilization. here going to be a prime location near to lotus tower and we can use it for high productive activities or development. we can develop multi-story sports complexes at outer Colombo to facilitate the sports need. how many percentages of ppl pay tennis in Colombo?:eek:hno::eek:hno:

my suggestion is ...gov should consolidate all public privet land around lotus tower (around 10 to 15 hect) and offer to international developer to bult intergeted resort with big theme park (Disney or universal similer) to cater local and tourist (specially indian and south Asian ). may be we can include casino too like resort world Sentosa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resorts_World_Sentosa)
keeping public office , schools, sports ground ,warehouses etc is a total wast in core colombo.
















 

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^^Bro this will never happen. Srilanka is becoming more conservative society , The moment some one say "casino" will become a political and social topic. We saw that in the past. Even without casino people will be opposing to building a resort based on social issues. It's very sad that once Sri Lanka used to be a forward thinking country in south Asia turn out to be like this. People doesn't want to admit it but up to certain extent we do have the same laws and mentality as very conservative countries does.People doe't want to change or move forward with the ever changing world. I think this is to do with our island mentality and too proud of our ancestors.

Any way I'm not sure about sentosa like resort in the city, But I think they should build a nice sports Hub similar to the one in Singapore . They can also takeout all those many many cricket grounds for development or to build parks . Bring all those ground in to one HUB, There are so many cricket grounds right next to each other in colombo taking up so much space.

Even if they can't spend billions building something like the Singapore Sports Hub now, They can at lease try building those smaller versions with good business models such as Tampines sports hub or Bedok Integrated Complex where they bring the sports facilites into mall concept.


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I'd say the main culprit is the garbage and sewage issues. Clear out the mountains of garbage in and around the megapolis, and ban waste landfills within it. Hire more staff and buy more garbage trucks for pickups around Colombo, and make sure it's done properly. Fine anyone that lets garbage build up in their neighbourhood without reporting it. And for the love of God, stop using 'canals' as sewage pipes. We're a tropical country and will always have crows, but get rid of the waste and we'll at least be able to get it under some level of control. Killing crows might be less popular, however. You'll have certain members of religious communities and/or the animal rights people screaming their heads off. I remember the kind of shitstorm that happened when the Galle Face Hotel (which, to this day suffers from loads of crows) started hiring pest control companies to deal with the crow problem back when my dad worked there. Crows were literally flying in and picking food off the buffets.
If any consolation Colombo used to have a lot more crows than now ,in my younger days. You are right I also noticed the correlation between cleaner Colombo and fewer Crows.
 
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