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In an effort to improve the productive use of lands, the Cabinet has approved a proposal to transfer some 65 acres of crown land within the Colombo City limits to the Urban Development Authority on the basis of a free grant, Daily Mirror learns.

The Cabinet memorandum was submitted on Monday by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Defence and Urban Development Minister.  Accordingly, several blocks of unutilized land belonging to government institutions will be vested with the UDA to be developed in parallel with the ongoing city infrastructure improvement projects.

The development of these blocks of identified land will be done in line with the UDA’s Colombo City Development Plan. Ownership of these lands will be transferred in conformity with the Crown Lands Ordinance free-of-charge.

The lands to be acquired include: A block of land occupied by the Tripoli Market at Olcott Mawatha in Maradana will be acquired from Sri Lanka Railway to put up IT related business ventures and mixed development projects while a block of land from Chatham Street in Fort; a block of land occupied by C.W. Mackie and Company at D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha and another block of land close by will be acquired for tourism-related businesses.

Two more blocks of land will be vested with the UDA for mixed development projects; a block of land occupied by the Dumriya Sevaka Sangamaya at Bastian Mawatha has been earmarked by the UDA for commercial purposes while land will also be acquired for housing for low income families.

A block of land opposite the Ayurvedic Hospital in Rajagiriya (near the Dr. N.M. Perera statue) is reserved for mixed development projects while another block of land adjoining Lanka Hospital premises will be developed for hospital and housing development activities.

Land has also been set apart for the expansion of the Russian Embassy premises while in Apple Watte at  Maligawatte will be set apart to be used for housing for low income families.

The total extent of land earmarked for acquisition amounts to 65 acres, 33 roods and 310.61 perches. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Saman Wednesday, 18 December 2013 08:26 AM

    No. 9 , Land adjoining lanka hospitals .. hmm smoothing fishy

    Lima Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:19 AM

    THESE ARE SO CALLED HIGHWAY ROBBERY IN BROAD DAY LIGHT WITHOUT USING WEAPONS. pls understand , it is too late when time to come

    Mattson Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:20 AM

    How about pushing out the many schools located in Colombo? This will help ease the traffic congestion and free more land for the UDA's so called development work...

    indigo Wednesday, 18 December 2013 05:58 PM

    UDA is not a man. it is an entity of course hraded by a man or woman. okj

    vidula Thursday, 19 December 2013 06:19 AM

    Seems you dont know anything about sri lankan IT industry.

    Sonali De Silva Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:32 AM

    What is the difference between "vesting" and "free grant"? Will it turn out to be a "free for all"? Can someone please enlighten us?

    Dilum Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:42 AM

    Thats good,only this govt wanted to build a better colombo by upgrading old buildings and putting up new ones.good job

    neutral man Friday, 20 December 2013 01:06 AM

    yes instead developing these land how about growing some grass on them and letting u eat, Mr. legpuller

    ram Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:32 AM

    Land adjoining lanka hospitals its donation to sorry.com

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 18 December 2013 05:50 AM

    I see nothing wrong in the move, considering the efficiency of the UDA monitored city infrastructure development so far seen. Of course there will be other factors, positive as well as negative depending...........

    chandike UAE Wednesday, 18 December 2013 06:36 AM

    Very sharp eye... no body see the value of this 31 Perches,becuase we eat grass....since many year.

    Crazy Coot Wednesday, 18 December 2013 02:53 AM

    Looks like SL can have a huge Hotel / Casino / Port / Airport etc Complex with a more modern race and horse track sorrounding it as well! Problem is what to do with the .31 perches?

    Simon Thursday, 19 December 2013 04:10 AM

    Yes the man behind UDA who owns Lanka Hospitals!!!

    Goofy Wednesday, 18 December 2013 03:14 AM

    With Sri Lanka's low IQ and low ethics what IT. Concentrate on the bullock.

    Prometheus Wednesday, 18 December 2013 02:51 PM

    colonization?

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 18 December 2013 03:09 PM

    One man going to have Crown lands is Colombo city? Wow great. So near future Sri Lanka will have richest person in the world or atleast in Asia.


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