Trace City vested with UDA through lawful means: Champika

3 August 2018 08:36 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday the landmass of the Colombo Trace City project was vested with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) through lawful means, and therefore no another institution could stake a claim for it.

He was responding to Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva who said the Trace City project initiated by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be taken forward.

Minister Ranawaka told the Daily Mirror nobody wanted to stop it. He said there was a military intelligence base located at this site earlier.

“In 2011, the Army vacated it. After that, the land belonged to the Railway Department. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa vested it with the UDA. The President can vest any state land in that manner. Therefore, railway workers cannot strike demanding the land now,” he said.

He said the area where the Trace City project would be linked by the proposed Colombo multi modal transport hub monorail and light rail lines.

Also, he said there was a proposal to expand the Trace City, but he was opposed to it. He said a new knowledge city would be developed in the Homagama area and therefore expansion was not allowed. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 5

  • Unchikun Friday, 03 August 2018 08:52 AM

    Hey man, it was done using the white van culture and you where part of it. This land belongs to the Railway and needs to be used to improve the railway. We do not travel in luxury cars whose duty was paid by our tax money. Time for this brood of political to be sent home. Just talk and talk.

    Jaliya Friday, 03 August 2018 08:59 AM

    Minister said " Colombo Trace City project was vested with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) through lawful means ". That really means he agrees to the fact there are ways in vesting unlawful means as well ... only this was not one of them.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 03 August 2018 09:18 AM

    If this fellow states anything, it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Utter humbug.

    Reader Friday, 03 August 2018 05:23 PM

    If so who put up a Cabinet Memo and got approval to have Railway building on same premises using ADB funds as previous report said.

    nimesh Sunday, 05 August 2018 04:30 PM

    Harsha De Silva just shut up without kade going for Gota


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