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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to stop demolishing old buildings in Colombo City.

Mr Wickremesinghe speaking to the media after touring Colombo City today said he had done so as the policy of the new government was to preserve the old buildings in Colombo and repair them while keeping them as they were.

However, he said, opportunities would be given to investors to open new hotels in the city -- in keeping with the policy of President Maithripala Sirisena.

“Colombo was a famous city in the past, and the intention of the new government is to bring back this glory,'" he said.

Referring to the political situation, Mr. Wickremesinghe said he had decided to go in for a joint government with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) despite an offer by some SLFPers to cross over and enable him to form a UNP government in order to bring about a new political culture. He said former president Mahinda Rajapaksa had also welcomed a UNP plus SLFP government.

He promised that before long justice would be done by those UNPers who made a sacrifice to form a joint government.

"Uniting the UNP and SLFP is the first step towards turning the whole of parliament into one government," he said, pointing out that he had made such a promise before the elections. (Yohan Perera)

 








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  • Harry Sunday, 06 September 2015 03:20 PM

    As done now consult Indians they posses the cleanest cities

    Sikuru Monday, 31 August 2015 11:41 AM

    At demolishing historic buildings and stealing money

    upali_lanka Monday, 31 August 2015 11:49 AM

    Something good from Ranil. Full Marks.

    lankan Monday, 31 August 2015 12:09 PM

    navin cant think navin likes gota

    Mitch Monday, 31 August 2015 12:29 PM

    Yes please refurbish the old historical buildings and please clean colombo city

    moiez Monday, 31 August 2015 08:12 AM

    If so pls repair the old building which is in slave and its in a pathetic condition then it will look nicer.

    Kumara Monday, 31 August 2015 02:09 PM

    Please stop demolition of country too

    ANTON Monday, 31 August 2015 08:57 AM

    YES SIR "OLD IS GOLD" ............

    sumanadasa Monday, 31 August 2015 08:59 AM

    All buildings/structured which have historical and architectural significance must be preserved. It is disappointing that previous government did not recognized that. All new structures proposed to be built must be asked to prepare their plans to suit to old structures in the area.

    navin Monday, 31 August 2015 09:17 AM

    Gota was doing better.

    Channa Monday, 31 August 2015 09:36 AM

    The old buildings should be renovated without destroying their original look. Hon. Gotabhaya has done a great job at Col 7. All the best Sir.

    LogicalCitizen Monday, 31 August 2015 09:47 AM

    Well this was done much earlier by Gota. Why making a special statement now?

    Venura Monday, 31 August 2015 10:07 AM

    Yeah! Plundering wealth in the guise of "Colombo city beautification".

    Coconut Republic Monday, 31 August 2015 10:15 AM

    True, but certainly requires a good face lift in and out side. Also , Colombo suburbs requires more cleaning.

    Domiya Monday, 31 August 2015 10:33 AM

    Well, its still too soon to comment on that dont you think Navin???


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