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The Masterplan for the Western Region and Colombo Core

Objectives

- To realise the 2 stage plan of year 2010 (6.5 M) and year 2030 (8.5M)
- To become South Asia’s transhipment & logistic center
- To be the tourist destination for eco-tourism
- To strengthen the manufacturing sector
- For Colombo to be a regional finance & business hub
- To provide affordable homes catering to new lifestyles

How to go about achieving it ??

Decentralising Plans with the following [/b]Hubs[/b]

- Colombo Core - Financial, Business, Transportation and Administrative Hub
- Outer Necklace Industrial Corridor - Consist of 5 Regional Centers as growth catalyst for new towns

- Inner Necklace Technology Corridor - Consist of 4 Sub-regional Centers as satelite towns on the fringe of the city

- Transport & Logistic Spine Business Corridor - Main Link between city fringe, Seaport and Airport

- Green Finger Concept - Open space and environmental areas are planned into the Green Connector System to provide relief from the built environment


Masterplan



new Townships/ hubs



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Sri Lanka extraordinary rise and its future projects
some of the building project of Archedium Pvt Ltd

http://www.archedium.net/brchur.pdf
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Nice designs
some of the building project of Archedium Pvt Ltd

http://www.archedium.net/brchur.pdf
I cant understand some of those design those there are 3 designs for shopping malls at Sri jayawardhanapura kotte
some of the building project of Archedium Pvt Ltd

http://www.archedium.net/brchur.pdf
Ok so GFG belongs to the ports authority. They should have done this earlier. I thought it is the CMC who is responsible...
Manning Market contract awarded to MAGA

Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:13

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Cabinet yesterday approved the final stages of the relocation of Pettah’s Manning Market to Peliyagoda costing Rs. 6.6 billion, awarding the contract to Maga Engineering as the Ministry of Megapolis finalises the blueprint for the Multi-model Transport Hub to be set up in Pettah at an estimated cost of Rs. 459 billion ($ 3 billion)

Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary N. Rupasinghe told the Daily FT that the relocation of the Manning Market would take another two and half years to complete and the construction of the Multi-model Transport Hub was to begin thereafter.

“The feasibility study for the Transport Hub is currently ongoing,” Rupasinghe said, adding that the Environmental Impact Assessment too was presently being conducted.

According to the Cabinet proposal submitted by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) has undertaken overall project management while the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) has undertaken the development of the proposed land at Peliyagoda.

The land development work, including infrastructure, has been awarded to the SLLRDC at a cost of Rs. 500 million, inclusive of VAT, and work is nearing completion,

The Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) has been appointed as the design consultant for the project.

Furthermore, it was revealed that the architectural and engineering designs and Bill of Quantities have been completed by the CECB.

Meanwhile, the UDA has awarded the pilling contract to Nawaloka Pilling Ltd. following a national competitive bidding process at a cost of Rs. 500 million. Pilling has concluded.

The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to allocate funds from the Treasury for this development project.

- http://www.ft.lk/front-page/Manning-Market-contract-awarded-to-MAGA/44-645691
Why do we have to wait for another 2 years (hope things will finish due date)for transport hub project ,They can divide this project to sectors and complete it by stage by stage.like developing Fort railway station along with SLTB main bus stand and private bus stand at bastian road leaving manning market area LRT and water transport deck to the phase 2
Manning Market contract awarded to MAGA

Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:13

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Cabinet yesterday approved the final stages of the relocation of Pettah’s Manning Market to Peliyagoda costing Rs. 6.6 billion, awarding the contract to Maga Engineering as the Ministry of Megapolis finalises the blueprint for the Multi-model Transport Hub to be set up in Pettah at an estimated cost of Rs. 459 billion ($ 3 billion)

Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary N. Rupasinghe told the Daily FT that the relocation of the Manning Market would take another two and half years to complete and the construction of the Multi-model Transport Hub was to begin thereafter.

“The feasibility study for the Transport Hub is currently ongoing,” Rupasinghe said, adding that the Environmental Impact Assessment too was presently being conducted.

According to the Cabinet proposal submitted by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) has undertaken overall project management while the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) has undertaken the development of the proposed land at Peliyagoda.

The land development work, including infrastructure, has been awarded to the SLLRDC at a cost of Rs. 500 million, inclusive of VAT, and work is nearing completion,

The Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) has been appointed as the design consultant for the project.

Furthermore, it was revealed that the architectural and engineering designs and Bill of Quantities have been completed by the CECB.

Meanwhile, the UDA has awarded the pilling contract to Nawaloka Pilling Ltd. following a national competitive bidding process at a cost of Rs. 500 million. Pilling has concluded.

The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to allocate funds from the Treasury for this development project.

- http://www.ft.lk/front-page/Manning-Market-contract-awarded-to-MAGA/44-645691
Hardly known and not properly conserved: Ruins of the Dutch Fort in the heart of Colombo city

Rediscovering the ruins of Colombo Fort
By Chryshane Mendis


Hardly known and not properly conserved: Ruins of the Dutch Fort in the heart of Colombo city

The harbour of KolonThota or Colombo was a prominent port in ancient Sri Lanka and from the 15th century onwards it was the principal port of the country due to its proximity to the capital city of Kotte. With the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, they made Colombo their main centre establishing a large city over time. The succeeding European colonists, the Dutch and British too made Colombo their centre.

To protect their interests in the harbour the Portuguese fortified their city and the harbour creating the Fort of Colombo; the Dutch too erected their own fortifications on the site of the Portuguese ruins. The British after occupation maintained the Dutch fortifications till the mid-19th century when they were demolished for commercial expansion of the city.

The Fort of Colombo thus has a colourful history of almost 500 years. The final fortifications; the Dutch Fort was demolished between 1869 and 1871 but not entirely as I found out.

Having read about the Dutch Forts of Sri Lanka, I was determined to explore the untold story of the Fort of Colombo beginning from its inception from the time of the Portuguese, for as common knowledge goes no remains exist. This journey took me on an adventure of a lifetime in 2015. There hidden among the crowded streets of Fort are the remains of very ruins of the Dutch Fort of Colombo.

Strolling through books on history I came across a picture which took me quite by surprise. In the book The Epic Struggle of the Kingdom of Kandy by Brendon Gooneratne was a picture somewhere from the 1970s of a wall of the Fort. Judging from the surroundings it seemed to be somewhere on Chaitya road, so hopping on my trusty scooter one afternoon I headed down Chaitya Road in Fort. Travelling near the Light House Galley I noticed the building featured in the picture behind the old wall. This turned out to be the Office of the Navy Commander inside the Navy Headquarters but there was no old wall in sight only large trees. Climbing the lighthouse to gain elevation I scanned the tree lines and to my astonishment found through the branches glimpses of an old wall. I was speechless. If that picture was true; those were the ruins of the Dutch Fort.

Now I needed a closer look, so I wrote to the Navy seeking permission to visit the old wall. I was thrilled when I received a written reply from the Navy granting me and my friend Minol Peiris permission to visit the wall. After contacting the Commanding Officer Captain Suresh De Silva via telephone a date was fixed for the visit.

Arriving at the Navy Headquarters we were given passes and greeted by Lieutenant Commander Abeyrathna who escorted us to the site. This old wall faced the Galle Buck Road and entering a small compound we came to the base of it. It was not just a wall but an entire bastion with four cannons jutting out which have been sealed off. The walls were some 15 feet high and were an odd shape. Rather than the known triangular bastions like those of the Galle Fort, these had five faces or sides and it was quite clear that they had gone through considerable alterations during the past century with a mix of red bricks, modern cement and concrete. At the base on the south side of the bastion were large boulders which seemed like a natural rock formation. We documented and photographed this and then we were told that there was more, a gateway to the Fort!


Walking behind the bastion we reached Flagstaff Street and turning left walked a few metres down and to our left to our amazement, there flanked by two buildings was an entire gateway with the date still on it. It was in a ruinous condition with trees growing on it and was the dump site of construction material. It was a Postern gate, meaning a small secured entrance by the looks of it with the passageway sealed in the centre. The date ‘1676’ was barely visible.

Exploring this we climbed a small portion of wall connected to it and peeping to the other side, I noticed something! We asked the Navy officer who accompanied us if we could go to the other side and he agreed to take us. This was the back garden of another building.

My suspicion was right, there on the other side were parts of an old wall, and as they joined the small gateway it was quite clear that they were part of the ramparts of the Fort. The section from the bastion end to the Postern gate is about 30 metres and of about 4 feet in height and has a mix of stone and kabook masonry. Along this stretch is a modern wall built upon the ruins. The back of the Postern gate was a sad sight; it was fully covered with trees with large roots going deep into the masonry. Beyond that too were remains of the ramparts, that ran for about 20 metres with a varying height of about 5 feet. This section too was in a ruinous condition with trees growing on top of it. This part mainly consisted of kabook masonry.

These were definitely part of the fortifications of the Dutch Fort. We inquired whether the Archaeology Department visits these ruins but they said that no one comes and asked us if we could help them identify the ruins.

I immediately set to work on identifying them. Digging through the maps in the National Archives, the memoirs of the Dutch Governors and especially the book The Dutch forts of Sri Lanka by W.A.Nelson, and many more, I was able to uncover the history of the ruins.

The Dutch Fort, built on the western end of the ruined Portuguese City after its fall in 1656 was constructed on the Bastion Fort design (i.e. Galle Fort) and consisted of 9 bastions and 2 gun batteries on the Harbour arm. The bastions were named after cities in the Netherlands and from north clock wise, the bastions of Leyden, Delft, Hoorn, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Klippenburg, Enkhuysen, Dan Briel and Amsterdam. The gun batteries on the Harbour arm were Battenburg and Water Pass. The bastion in the Navy Headquarters was Dan Briel – this was a modest bastion which protected the rocky beach along the west coast between Enkhuysen bastion and the Battenburg battery. This bastion was situated on a hill, which was the highest point in the city hence the large rocks and the considerable elevation observed at the present site. This bastion’s apex or the pointed end where the two faces of the bastion meet seemed to have been cut sometime in the late 19th century, as is evident from a map of 1904; giving it its odd five sided shape today.

The bastions were initially built of Kabook and only after 1751 were they built of proper lime and stone. Previously the old British lighthouse and flag staff was located on this bastion and now built upon it is the office of the Navy Commander.

The Postern gate had a fascinating history; the Fort had three main entrances, one being the Delft gate on the eastern ramparts and the other the Galle gate on the south, and the third being the Water gate in the habour. In the old days this small secondary entrance was known as the ‘Slave Port’ which led to the ******* field – the land area between the Fort and the sea on the western coast where the Company’s slaves were kept, thus the name.The ******* field would now correspond to the buildings of the Navy Headquarters, Galle Buck Road, Chaitya Road to the coast (now vanished for the Port City). The slaves of the Dutch were first kept here till they were relocated in the 18th century to a small peninsula in the Beira lake now known as Slave Island due to an incident, which is an interesting tale for another time.

The walls on either side of the Postern gate were the ramparts of the Dutch Fort one, connecting Dan Briel to the Postern gate and the other from the gate to the Amsterdam bastion, but seemed to have lost their shape and size due to the alterations of its surroundings.

We were speechless at what we had seen, ruins in the heart of Colombo! I was amazed by the fact that these ruins are hardly known and not properly conserved. But there was more to it than meets the eye. My research has since led me to discover more remains amounting to an astounding seven locations. I have since been invited to deliver two public lectures on the fortifications of Colombo and have written a paper for an international journal.

The ruins of the Navy Headquarters have been since brought to the notice of the Department of Archaeology thus hopefully would be conserved in the near future.

(The writer is a final year student of Aquinas College of Higher Studies)

source;
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/171224/plus/rediscovering-the-ruins-of-colombo-fort-274022.html
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ඉන්දියන් සාගරයට කොළඹ නගරය හා මධ්*යම කදුකරයේ බටහිර බෑවුම එකවර දර්ශනය වන දුර්ලභ ජායාරූපයක්
Rare capture from the Indian Ocean Where Colombo City & Western gaps of the central highlands can be seen clearly.

source:https://www.facebook.com/rising.sri...1073741828.1564459603625980/1819925071412764/
This is breathtakingly beautiful:)


ඉන්දියන් සාගරයට කොළඹ නගරය හා මධ්*යම කදුකරයේ බටහිර බෑවුම එකවර දර්ශනය වන දුර්ලභ ජායාරූපයක්
Rare capture from the Indian Ocean Where Colombo City & Western gaps of the central highlands can be seen clearly.

source:https://www.facebook.com/rising.sri...1073741828.1564459603625980/1819925071412764/
Appaprently the above photo was taken by Rakhitha Wickramaratne and that FB page had share it. He has more aerial photos of Sri Lanka and other countries in his instagram. I think he's a pilot or something but a awesome photographer as well.

https://www.instagram.com/rakhitha_w/




Another Colombo view from him. Shows the urban sprawl spreading. Within a decade or two it'll be all over western province.

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ඉන්දියන් සාගරයට කොළඹ නගරය හා මධ්*යම කදුකරයේ බටහිර බෑවුම එකවර දර්ශනය වන දුර්ලභ ජායාරූපයක්
Rare capture from the Indian Ocean Where Colombo City & Western gaps of the central highlands can be seen clearly.

source:https://www.facebook.com/rising.sri...1073741828.1564459603625980/1819925071412764/
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බේරේ අවට සතෝසේ ඉඩම්වල හෝටල් ඉදිකිරීමේ සැලැස්මක්
January, 3, 2018

බේරේ වැව ජල තීරය ආශ්*රිත ප්*රදේශ මහජනතාවට විවෘත කිරීම සඳහා ක්*රියාකාරී සැලැස්මක් නාගරික සංවර්ධන අධිකාරිය විසින් සකස් කරනු ලැබ ඇති අතර, ඒ යටතේ බේරේ වැව හා ඩී.ආර්.විජේවර්ධන මාවත අතර පිහිටා ඇති ඉඩම් සංවර්ධන කාර්යයන් සඳහා යොදා ගැනීමට නියමිතය. සමුපකාර තොග වෙළඳ සංස්ථාව (ස.තො.ස.) විසින් වර්තමානයේ භුක්ති විඳිනු ලබන මෙම ඉඩම් බේරේ වැව ආශ්*රිත සංවර්ධන සැලැස්මට අනුව හෝටල් හා සංචාරක කලාපය සඳහා වෙන් කරනු ලැබ තිබේ.

ඒ අනුව, සංවර්ධන කාර්යයන් සඳහා ඵලදායී ලෙස ප්*රයෝජනයට ගත හැකි වන පරිදි එකී ඉඩම් නිදහස් කිරීම පිණිස කර්මාන්ත හා වාණිජ කටයුතු අමාත්*යාංශය සමඟ අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුමකට එළඹීමටත්, ස.තො.ස. ආයතනයටද ප්*රතිලාභ ලැබෙන පරිදි එම ඉඩම් සඳහා වන රජයේ තක්සේරුව මත පදනම්ව ඒකාබද්ධ සංවර්ධන ව්*යාපෘති ක්*රියාත්මක කිරීම සඳහා යෝජනා කැඳවීමටත් මහානගර හා බස්නාහිර සංවර්ධන අමාත්*ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මහතා ඉදිරිපත් කළ යෝජනාව අමාත්*ය මණ්ඩලය විසින් අනුමත කරන ලදී.

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