Operations of the Lotus Tower is scheduled for March, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) said.
Finishing touches for the 350m tower, the second tallest in South Asia once completed, has already begun.
Project Director Shantha Gunananda, speaking to the Daily Mirror said that the finishing touches and landscaping work was nearing completion.
The Lotus Tower was initially expected to be completed by October 2017. It will house telecommunication antennas, offices and other leisure activities and will be the tallest building in Sri Lanka.
Construction of the tower costs USD 104 million and eighty percent of the cost will be funded by the EXIM Bank of China.
The tower is to have a telecommunication museum, a restaurant, supermarkets, food courts, conference halls with seating for 400 people, a 1,000-seat auditorium, luxury hotel rooms, ball rooms and an observation gallery.
Constructed on a 10-acre land, the first few floors of the tower will be allocated for malls, parks and parking facilities, while the upper floors are to be provided specifically for telecommunication purposes.
Under phase two, plans are being made to construct a theme park, shopping mall and car park.
A committee was also appointed to set up the tender process to allocate communication units at the Lotus Tower.
Initial reports of the tower stated that facilities could be provided for 50 television service providers, 50 broadcast service providers and 10 communication providers.(Darshana Sanjeewa)
Pic by Sudarshana Lakmal
Chari Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:50
Thank you MR and TRC. These are National Assets. .
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ICE Tuesday, 22 January 2019 13:13
Thank you for the citizens who has to foot the ultimate bill. I hope the TRA will not apply more taxes though SLT and other ISP to recover the cost of this new building. TRA did not tell from whom they bought the Temecomm and IT gear? Cost?
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gamini Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:54
may be Chari was a lucky recipient of part of the 10%
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Chams Tuesday, 22 January 2019 13:38
Another white elephant at the cost of tax payers money to say the least!
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chath Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:44
Does that mean you, your friends, your relatives wouldn't visit the place ever?
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Gimhan Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:24
Thank you President Sirisena and PM wickramasinghe, for successfully completeng the project,,, some southerns made commision out of this
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Nithika Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:33
The detonators were found to blast the lotus tower.
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Marcian Chris Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:09
As a poor, under-developed country in the third world we are trying to break world records. Shows the mentality of our politicos trying to show off. Will this too will be another white elephant like the Floating Market in the Beira Lake? Only time will tell.
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ice Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:16
Well! IMF and ADB loans?? Crap technology! There are many towns in SL where SLT/ISP's does not even have a proper "copper" in place. We boost over high buildings?? "luxury hotel rooms" for whom?? Ha ha !!! Your guess is as good as mine!! "ball rooms" for ?? Utter waste of money!
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wonder of asia Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:29
Have we not broken world records on (i) high debts (ii) removing prime minister illegally (iii) A president having to eat humble pie after overulling by courts, iv - a president with no shame continuing without resigning, etc etc
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