Race Course goes the Dutch Hospital way

29 December 2011 12:49 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Race Course Grounds at Reid Avenue in the heart of Colombo would be converted into a Dutch Hospital- style Development Project with restaurants, shopping centres and other places for sports and leisure, The Urban Development Authority (UDA) said yesterday. The project was a concept designed and supervised by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

UDA Director General Nihal Fernando said that the rugby sports grounds, the mini stand and grand stand at the Race Course Grounds, as well as the buildings in the area would remain. However he said that significant changes would be made.

“This is a conservation project similar to the Dutch Hospital Development Project.

“No buildings will be torn down. Instead the original structures will be renovated. The new project will have a mix of activities similar to the Dutch Hospital concept,” Fernando said. He said the UDA intended to advertise in the near future and would call for tenders soon.

The development project is carried out in two stages, of which the first stage will be completed in March next year in time for the Sinhala-Hindu New year.

He said the value of the project was yet to be estimated. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

  Comments - 12

  • modaya Thursday, 29 December 2011 05:41 AM

    yes, it will be of endless of value to the citizens and to the country

    Yunus Thursday, 29 December 2011 06:25 AM

    Bravo .........the way to go forward. The city looks nice and beautiful.

    Lanke Banda Thursday, 29 December 2011 06:28 AM

    This is good as the Race Course was definitely an Eye Sore.

    narada Thursday, 29 December 2011 07:01 AM

    you are aaristotle. Old ideas....

    kondebendapucheena Thursday, 29 December 2011 07:04 AM

    As Long As GR is supervising it will go properly,keep up good work,,,,,,,,,,

    ampare son Friday, 30 December 2011 01:39 PM

    I agree with you. he is the brainchild.

    Patriot Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:31 AM

    Nice to see the people appreciate all the good work carried out by the government, the way forward and the right way. All the best!!

    Nodrog Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:32 AM

    Great going....making use of valuable old buildings and making the city beautiful.

    citizen berty Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:47 AM

    a novel idea.the city will definitely look better once completed!

    ajith Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:05 AM

    A proper town and Country planning is happening along with urban development.
    Seeing is believing......

    Aristotle Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:32 AM

    "project was yet to be estimated". Yes, who cares, it is the tax payers money. Time for the opposition to wake up!

    Lamaya Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:58 AM

    Superb! Hope it will look as good as the Dutch hospital :)


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