Mannar can be developed as Dubai City: Champika

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Although there’s no sufficient water, Mannar District can be developed as Dubai City, if it’s natural resources are properly managed, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said today.

He made this remark while, laying the foundation stone for the new Mannar Bus terminal which is to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 180 million under the Urban Development Authority’s (UDA) ‘Sukitha Purawara’ programme.

Minister Ranawaka said that two oil rigs were discovered in seas off Mannar in 2011 that still remains and another rig was found in 1970 Pesalai.

He also said that Mannar can generate power enough to the entire country via wind power, as such the area can be developed to the standard of Dubai City if these natural resources are utilized economically viable way.

“Although there isn’t water, in future Mannar can be developed easily if we can properly manage our natural resources. UDA has introduced a proper development plan for all five local government bodies in the district. We have already commenced several development projects including developing Silawathura City central,” he added. (Thilanka Kankarathna)

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  • sammy Tuesday, 24 July 2018 09:36 PM

    Sir, Please hand over the project to Mr.Basil R.

    Developer Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:20 AM

    Oh no! Dubai must be shivering !!!

    Sunil Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:47 AM

    What is thecommission for MR 10%?

    raj Wednesday, 25 July 2018 01:47 PM

    due to inflation the commission for the big boys have gone up to 20%

    Saman Tuesday, 24 July 2018 09:44 PM

    First clean the city of Colombo and repair the damages which yet to be done. Then tell the bed time stories to the people. Dubai City ..huh

    ANTON Tuesday, 24 July 2018 09:44 PM


    Farzaan Tuesday, 24 July 2018 09:44 PM

    Mega Kokis.....

    Graham Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:06 PM

    Biggest talker..

    Dxb Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:15 PM

    Has this guys been to dubai

    G Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:27 PM

    Its rather Oil well, not Oil Rig. Rig is manmade ! Daily Mirror do some research before publishing

    Sanju Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:16 AM

    Even a well has to be dug I'm afraid. Even a well is man made. Gosh. Maybe India had dug wells. Or was it the LTTE ?

    DRG Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:41 PM

    There are 3 onshore, 1 shallow water, 4 deep water exploratory wells drilled in Mannar/Mannar basin...discovering " rigs" is hilarious. Nearly as hilarious as a former PRDM stating LNG has been discovered on the Mannar M2 block!!! Nice of mother nature to liquify it so that we can pipe it straight out!!!

    karthik Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:44 PM

    Champika we have enough cities what we need is more industries and more agricultural growth.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:19 PM

    Given him to develop colombo as mega city.didnt do anything for last 4 years.this mega liar now telling more mega lies.

    observer Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:56 PM

    Is he in a dream world ?.

    Dubai Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:28 AM

    Is he in his right mind ? This what one calls ' playing to the gallery and taking them for a ride ' He will be thrown out next election and 'Dubai city ' dream thrown into the wind.

    Banda Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:45 AM

    After 1000 years..

    hello Wednesday, 25 July 2018 02:15 AM

    We already have Singapore, now it will be Dubai.What will these idiots come up with next to fool all of us, idiots.

    Saman Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:45 AM

    Ethiopia is more realistic target I think. If you Google it you will surprise how much development they have achieved.

    Haha Wednesday, 25 July 2018 03:11 AM

    Don't talk non-sense. Please talk something sensible, logical and practical.

    Tourist Wednesday, 25 July 2018 03:12 AM

    Some one do tell me why this person is being given so much prominence every time he utters something.He is only a government Minister like any other. Is it because he is probably the tallest politician in Sri Lanka that he commands so much influence.

    Munsir Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:21 AM

    Mannar as dubai,Srilanka as Singapore.Jolly good.but people and leaders are pushed backward .

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:22 AM

    At lease he has a vision, may be Mission Impossible.

    Chanaka Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:57 AM

    Stop talking and do something! You guys have been just talking all past two years..that's get ready to pack your bags cos we don't want you anymore!!

    mnsmart Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:11 AM

    only thing what he did is creating ethnic disharmony

    NANDANA Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:36 AM

    Yes, all these can be done. But the truth is private sector has to be made powerful to do such. Only guidance from Govt. But with so many useless corrupt loss making Govt Enterprises and Officials and Private sector been discriminated with so many taxes etc, you will never realise this.

    sacre blieu Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:39 AM

    Here we go again, drifting and dreaming. He has got lost in paradise in a state of a strange stupor. What with the country been drowned in drugs.

    Rohitha Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:46 AM

    'Mannar can generate power enough to the entire country via wind power'. Is this a pipe dream? Can somebody enlighten us on this? Any case CEB mafia will not allow this to realize.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 25 July 2018 09:01 AM

    This is the same humbug who claimed petrol can be produced from discarded polythene to make the country self sufficient of fuel.

    Sandy Wednesday, 25 July 2018 09:56 AM

    Walkup from your dreams .. Its morning now

    Abrar Wednesday, 25 July 2018 11:48 AM

    To do that first you need corruption free business friendly political system. You have to remember Dubai is not just made of concrete infrastructures.

    DudleyKamal Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:11 PM

    sir, we desperately need to develop industries and agriculture. urban development should come after this.

    dickie bird Wednesday, 25 July 2018 01:19 PM

    He has got his foot in the mouth again. Educated moron of a politician

    Mahathun Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:03 PM

    Can you arrange to paint the Fort Railway Station please. It looks old and dirty.

    Ash Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:40 PM

    First complete Marine drive that is used so much and stop talking other nonsense. It's still where GR left looks like he'll have to come back to complete it.

    Gamarala Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:42 PM

    Politicians lie all the time, this is another lie it's nothing unsual. The day manner will resemble even 10% of Dubai we all will be in our Graves and our grand children may even live to see such a change. Our population is non sustainable for a island of this size, what is it 22 million and growing by the day. So no hope for us here.

    Tissa Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:43 PM

    First complete the half done projects before you launch a new project to collect commission as in the coal deal.

    ranjith Thursday, 26 July 2018 05:29 PM

    Great ambition Mr Minister. First fix Colombo which has become one of the dirtiest cities in Asia. If we can make Mannar to Dubai in 1980 , it will be great .

    Hamlet Friday, 27 July 2018 04:10 AM

    Colombo has become the dirtiest City in Asia because its Citizens were not Taught to Stop Littering. Cleaning up afterwards is not the Way to go!

    Hamlet Friday, 27 July 2018 04:06 AM

    Champika Ranawaka, Please stop using Singapore and Dubai as Benchmarks for Development in Sri Lanka.Quality of Life is more Important than High Rises and Pollution!Ask anyone who has worked in these Places, what is so good about them, other than the Money!

    Damian Friday, 27 July 2018 06:42 PM


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