Home / TOP STORY/ PM to be given Megapolis first draft

PM to be given Megapolis first draft

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Monday, 7 December 2015 00:00


  •  Top official says Govt. departments working to deliver rough cut of ambitious plan
  •  Govt. not yet decided on monorail, busy gathering data, hub to be created by adding second runway to BIA  


Untitled-1By Uditha Jayasinghe

The first draft of the Megapolis project will be fine-tuned this week before being presented to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ahead of Parliament wrapping up its duties for 2015, according to a top official.

Western Regional Megapolis Project Chairman Ajitha de Costa told Daily FT that efforts are underway to complete comprehensive studies and data gathering on the regions included in the Megapolis framework so they can be worked into the first draft of the plan.  

“We are hoping to finalise the plan and give at least the first draft by 10 December to the Prime Minister. We want to see it through Parliament before the House shuts for Christmas and New Year. The first draft will be little more than a rough cut, then it will go to refining because Government officials will want to have a say and adjust it. But generally the zoning will remain the same.”

Singaporean officials recently concluded a visit to Sri Lanka where they are attempting to update their 13-year-old plan of the Megapolis project submitted in 2002. Their input along with local academic data gathering will be included in the first draft. Several Government departments including the Urban Development Authority (UDA), Road Development Authority (RDA) and police are weighing in on the first draft as well as coming up with measures that can be implemented immediately. The current lane law regulations are also a result of the Megapolis office, de Costa noted proudly.  

“It will also contain the translation of the vision into something solid and tangible. The vision is to make it the most liveable place in South Asia. We want to make it a smart city, a technologically savvy city; we want to do a quantum leap into the 22nd Century,” he said.

The Megapolis office is also working with a German aviation professional to build a second runway at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

“To make everything work we need to be a hub. So to have an aviation hub with an international airport with just one runway is impossible. A second runway is a must because there is going to be a lot of activity and we need to connect it with the port, which is already more or less a hub. Then we are creating an IT City around Malabe and a Forest City in Kalutara. The Megapolis area is from Negombo to Kalutara to Avissawella and we are fortunate in having lots of trees so we want to incorporate those elements. We will also try to have a university in Kalutara.”

However, the Government is yet to make a final decision on the monorail option offered at concessionary terms by Japan. An urban transportation solution put together by Japan’s development cooperation agency JICA will likely be aligned with the Megapolis Project, de Costa added.  

Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag

We should sell our water

Monday, 22 July 2019

When you read the title of this article, you will probably feel disgusted with me as selling our water has been a controversial topic since a long time ago. By the way, I am talking about virtual water trade and you would be surprised to know that we

A voice of compassion amid howls of zealotry

Monday, 22 July 2019

The unrestrained freedom extended by the current regime to a bunch of saffron-clad street vendors of Sinhala Buddhist zealotry is pushing Sri Lanka once again into a cauldron of ethnic and religious convulsion. The nationwide spread and virulence of

Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Monday, 22 July 2019

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director

Columnists More