The National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) would relocate the three hundred families living in the Bambalapitiya flats in a sixty storey building, after the flats were demolished for the proposed mixed development project, NHDA Deputy General Manager Sarath Kumara said.
Mr. Kumara said the Bambalapitiya flats would be demolished in order to claim the 10.16-acre land for another housing and semi-commercial project by a Singapore-based Indian company.
However, discussions were still ongoing with the people in the flats, and a date to knock down the building was yet to be decided, he said.
Mr. Kumara pointed out that each family would receive Rs.50, 000 - Rs. 80,000 as rental for temporary places until the construction of the new sixty storey building was completed.
He said an acre from the entire land, valued at Rs.11.3 billion, would be reserved for the relocation project. According to him, the construction of the new building would be completed in two and half years. However, the date of commencement is yet to be decided.
Sources said the Cabinet approval for the redevelopment of Bambalapitiya flats was given on March 2, 2016.
“This building, located near the sea, has decayed and become unsafe. The proposal made by Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa to implement the redevelopment of the Bambalapitiya flats with foreign investors recommended by the Board of Investment was approved by the Cabinet,” the government information department said.
The mixed development project which would be constructed on 9.16 acres of the total land would consist of semi-commercial ventures developed by the Singapore-based Indian company, Mr. Kumara said. (Piyumi Fonseka)
Citizen Tuesday, 6 September 2016 10:52
The cabinet of Mahinda Rajapaksa was his RUBBER STAMP. So is this cabinet the RUBBER STAMP of Maithripala Sirisena via DM Android App
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SL Tuesday, 6 September 2016 10:55
Teach flat owners how to live without disturbing the neighbors and how to keep the flat clean
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ANTON Tuesday, 6 September 2016 11:43
APARTMENTS IN 50TH STOREY AND ABOVE WILL BE MOSQUITO FREE AND NATURAL AIR CONDITIONED AND PEOPLE CAN DAILY VIEW SRIPAADA.
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Hadam Tuesday, 6 September 2016 12:06
First of all complete the Slave Island project and give houses for those who relocated to prove that you can actually do it. Slave Island project been dragging for nearly 5 years now.
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Seth Tuesday, 6 September 2016 13:08
I am one of the flatter at Bamba. If NHDA wants us to be relocated 1st let them construct the relocation premises and continue with the project. Flatters at Bamba are not against development, we want our fair share of the location with a transparent approach. Obvious this will go down to a injunction in courts. We all know it and others know it even better. Hope the developer is aware of all these before signs on the agreement. If we are in yahapalana government then let us have a open meeting with the developer, people of Bamba flats and NHDA to put a full stop for this matter.
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suresh Tuesday, 6 September 2016 13:19
sixty storey building cannot be built in Sri Lanka even by foreign construction companies. I will bet my last cent it will take a minimum of 6 years even if the Chinese were to build it
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Veda-mama Tuesday, 6 September 2016 13:46
In another words "SIXTY FLOORS". How many elevators? Will there be sufficient power to operate them 24x7 Hrs. on a daily basis? Who will pocket the electricity bill for elevators and lobby lights? " It will be a real Tiger's Tail, at the end".
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Lanka Tuesday, 6 September 2016 14:13
Ok..then follow what developed countries use. Stairs with candles or Bhumithel lamps...LoL
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annoyed flatter Wednesday, 7 September 2016 06:54
Well said Veda-mama. How many of flatters still remember who had issue paying RS100 to collect garbage. Do you think they all going to pay for this maintanance??????
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Bamba Tuesday, 6 September 2016 14:06
Dont imitate MR. Renovate the flats without demolishing and relocating those who have been living there for more than five decades via DM Android App
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Bluffmaster Tuesday, 6 September 2016 14:06
RIP 300 families!!!! Say good bye to your houses. You will never get to see them again.
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dulan Tuesday, 6 September 2016 15:31
World Trade Center with 40 floors (2 buildings) were built in 1996 in SL.Hyatt hotel under construction is 47 stories. Shangri_-la under construction is 51 stories. There are 14 over 30 story buildings in Colombo.Shangri-la is expected to be completed in 2017 end just 2 1/2 years from starting. In Singapore millions of people were displaced to build flats and high risers. Why are Sri Lankans so backward?
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Undertaker Tuesday, 6 September 2016 16:47
Why don't you go live there, rather commenting without facts!!!
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