Prison land for sale

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By Sandun A. Jayasekara


The Welikada Prison property will be up for sale once the Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry re-locates the prison to a new location, Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara said. 

Sri Lanka’s prison system will go through a series of changes including the re-location of almost all the major prisons including the Welikada, Bogambara and Jaffna prisons and the Borella Magazine remand prison over the next two years at a cost of over Rs. 10 billion, Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara added.

The land on which the Welikada Prison complex is situated is one of the largest single plots of land in the city. The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry expects to raise funds for prison re-location programme by selling this land and the offer will be open to the private sector too.

The modalities of the transaction will be worked out by the government shortly.  Minister Gunasekara pointed out that Welikada prison premises covers a highly valuable prime land of 40 acres in the city that can be utilized for commercial purposes.

  Comments - 17

  • Faqi Tuesday, 27 July 2010 04:25 PM

    Valuable land in the City, I hope it would be put to good use.

    Island Watch Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:18 AM

    For Sale? with the prisoners? what will happen to the prison at Navy HQ

    Leonard Wednesday, 28 July 2010 06:23 AM

    If Jay is used to get 10 percent of his deals,,,, you should be arrested...

    LONERNAGER869 Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:12 AM

    GOOD MOVE, WE SHOULD MAKE USE OF THESE KIND OF PLACES RATHER THEN HAVING PRISONS CENTER IN THE CITY AND NEXT WE SHOULD MAKE USE OF THE ARMY BASE AT GALLE FACE. IN VAIN, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE BEEN WASTED ( THE BEST THING THE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE SO FAR) NOT FORGETTING ENDING THE WAR

    aravinda Tuesday, 27 July 2010 10:28 PM

    Yes! We don't need any more prisons because all convicts are in parliament.

    Smart Aleck Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:46 PM

    Will anybody be getting a cut? Why must government sell this valuable property? Why can't the government develop it as was planned by the UDA many years ago?

    James Keeth Anderso Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:48 PM

    BASIL CAN BUY THIS BY APPOINTING A 3RD PART BUYER

    Ruwan Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:52 PM

    Good move!

    SAMAN Tuesday, 27 July 2010 01:02 PM

    Please make it clean !. I mean Really clean!!!

    Babanis Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:33 AM

    A new venture for the Brothers and Company

    Ian D.S Tuesday, 27 July 2010 02:19 PM

    Great News we can now shift the parliament to this location taking into consideration the fact that there are more criminals in that August body than anywhere else in this country.

    Tharaka Chanaka Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:40 AM

    u mean Mr. Fifty Percent...

    Jay Tuesday, 27 July 2010 02:29 PM

    How much of a cut will Mr. Ten Percent get this time?

    GMJ Tuesday, 27 July 2010 02:35 PM

    There will be burden treasure sometimes - i mean buried prisoner's secret stuff / property.

    AAn Balan Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:12 AM

    NEXT RE MOVAL WILL BE THE OLD PARLIAMENT BUILDING FOR BETTER USE OF LAND.

    rudi Thursday, 29 July 2010 10:27 AM

    who else can buy anything today??

    Chutiya Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:19 AM

    Let's open up a nice cafe ... "The Prison Cafe"


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