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07-24-2016, 10:47 AM

Singapore here in a big way for development

Singapore is set to gain access to prime property around the Beira Lake in an ambitious development and investment plan which will see the South East Asian country building high-rises and setting up tourist ventures in Sri Lankan heritage buildings.
“Singapore is going to help us with our development, particularly the Western Regional Megapolis,” Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said. “They will clean up the Beira and also develop the area around the Beira. It might be on a Government-to-Government basis with funding, investment, by them.”

Minister Samarawickrama returned this week from a bilateral visit to Singapore led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. While there, they attended the South Asian Diaspora Convention 2016. Mr Wickremesinghe was the guest-of-honour at the inaugural session. In return for its investment, Singapore will get

high-rise buildings, real estate, offices and other facilities, the Minister said. “Land is available on both sides of D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha, the Fort, Chalmers Granary,” he elaborated. “They are looking at heritage buildings for tourism in the Fort. They have a lot of experience.” The Fullerton Heritage and Raffles Singapore are both luxury hotels set up in beautiful, old buildings.

“They are interested in tourism, real estate development and will also look at manufacturing components, adding value here and re-exporting to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) market,” Minister Samarawickrama said. They are also interested in information technology and professional services.”

The proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore will bring “huge advantage” to Sri Lanka, in this regard, he said. “Now we don’t have duty free FTAs with any other ASEAN country but Singapore does. If we have a good FTA with Singapore, part of the processing can be done in Sri Lanka so we can enter the value chain, and through Singapore enter the ASEAN market.”
The Sri Lankan delegation also held talks with the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Singapore. A team from the institution–which supports infrastructure building in the Asia Pacific region–is due in Sri Lanka at the end of July. “They are looking at private sector and public sector infrastructure such elevated roads, sanitation, water,” he said.

Legislation is in the pipeline to facilitate the Government’s accelerated master plan. The proposed Development (Special Provisions) Act–envisaging the creation of agencies for development, international trade and rural economy–is now with the Legal Draftsman. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to address Parliament in this regard within the coming month.

The Western Region Megapolis Development Authority of Sri Lanka Bill will be presented to Parliament next month. Cabinet approved the draft (with amendments to an earlier version) just this week, the Minister said.

The Port City project, a Chinese investment, will also start moving after the monsoon is over. “The agreements will be in place mid to late August,” Minister Samarawickrama said. A supplementary agreement was negotiated between the two sides after the new Sri Lanka Government raised objection to the Chinese investor getting freehold land on the development. The company will now only receive a specified extent on a 99-year lease.

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චීන ආයෝජනයට අක්කර 1000ක්

හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික්කය කේන්ද්‍ර කරගනිමින් චීන ආයෝජන යටතේ ස්ථාපිත කෙරෙන කාර්මික පුරවරය සඳහා ඉඩම් අක්කර 1000 ක් හඳුනා ගැනීමේ කටයුතු මේ වන විට ආරම්භ කර ඇත. චීන ආයෝජන යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක මෙම කාර්මික පුරවරය සඳහා හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික්කයට අමතරව මොණරාගල, බළන්ගොඩ, කල්තොට සහ රත්නපුර යන
ප්‍රදේශවලින් ඉඩම් වෙන්කර ගැනීමටද රජය අපේක්ෂා කරයි.අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ සංකල්පයකට අනුව චීන රජයේ ආයෝජන මත හම්බන්තොට කේන්ද්‍ර කරගෙන ආරම්භ වන කාර්මික පුරවරයට තෙල් පිරිපහදු දෙකක්, විදුලි බලාගාරයක්, නැව් අලුත්වැඩියා කිරීමේ මධ්‍යස්ථානයක් ඉදිකිරීමට යෝජිතය.
වසරකට ගුවන් මගීන් ලක්ෂ 10 කට පහසුකම් සැපයීමට ධාරිතාවක් ඇති මත්තල ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන් තොටු‍පොළට මේ වන විට පැමිණෙන්නේ එක් ගුවන් යානයක් වුවද නව කාර්මික පුරය ස්ථාපිත කිරීමත් සමග දිනකට ගුවන් යානා 40 ක් දක්වා එය වර්ධනය කරගැනීමටද රජය සැලසුම් කර ඇත.

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ගාල්ල වරාය සංචාරක රුවල් ඔරු නවත්වන ස්ථානයක් හා මගී නැව් පැමිණෙන වරායක් ලෙස වැඩිදියුණු කිරීම සඳහා ජපන් අරමුදල් යෙදවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපනික, විද්‍යාත්මක හා සංස්කෘතික සංවිධානය හෙවත් යුනෙස්කෝ සංවිධානයේ නිර්දේශය ලබාගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු සැලසුම් සකස්කරමින් පවතින බව ගාල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ පැවති ලෝක උරුම ගාල්ල කොටුව සඳහා වූ කළමනාකරණ සැලැස්ම සම්බන්ධයෙන් රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් දැනුම්වත් කිරීමේ රැස්වීමේ දී ගාලු උරුමය පදනම පවසයි.

ගාල්ල වරාය පුළුල් වාණිජ නගරයක් ලෙස වැඩිදියුණු කිරීමේ සැළැස්මක් කලින් යෝජනා වී තිබිණි. එසේ වුව ද ඒ පිළිබඳ කරන ලද අධ්‍යයනයකින් පැහැදිලි වූයේ එලෙස වරාය පුළුල් කිරිමේ දී ලෝක උරුමයක් වන ගාලු කොටුවට හානි සිදුවිය හැකි බවයි. එබැවින් එම සැළැස්ම හකුළා ගැණිනි. පසුව ගාල්ල වරාය රුවල් ඔරු නවත්වන ස්ථානයක් හා මගී නෞකා පැමිණෙන වරායක් ලෙස වැඩිදියුණු කිරීමට සැළසුම් සකස් කැරිණි. මෙලෙස වරාය සංවර්ධනය සඳහා ජපන් ආධාර ලැබීමට නියමිතය.


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kuhaka kam one ne.. hoda deta hoai kiyanna one... meka nam hoda project ekak....if this government continue like this as they said it will be huge development for the country..


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Sri Lanka starts talks with Chinese investors on Hambantota project

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Sri Lanka has started talks with Chinese investors on the $10 billion Hambantota Economic Project to be implemented in the southern region of the island nation.


The project would encompass the establishment of oil refineries, a power generation plant and industrial zones, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Four projects — the Kandy Mega Development, Wayamba (North-Western) Industrial and Tourist Development Project, Western Megapolis and the Southern Tourist and Industrial Project — will be implemented by the government in 15 years.

The Prime Minister, while addressing an event in Singapore recently, said the projects would form part of a bigger programme. The Kandy–Colombo–Hambantota Corridor, he said, would “reshape the country’s urban landscape with two airports and two seaports.”
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Estimated to cost $40 billion, the Megapolis project is aimed at developing the Western Province as a megapolis on a global scale. It would have an expected population of 8.5 million by 2025 with Colombo as a business and financial hub to attract foreign investors.

Modernisation of the Colombo Port and further expansion of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake had also been planned. The Colombo Port City, which would be a financial city essentially, would be set up by reclaiming 269 hectares of land from the sea. Mr. Wickremesinghe said that there was the “vacuum for a financial city” along the trading route between Singapore and Dubai.

The country’s third port would be developed in Trincomalee of the Eastern Province. The government had entered into agreements with Singapore’s leading consultancy firm, Surbana Jurong Private Limited, to prepare a master plan for Trincomalee based on shipping, manufacturing and tourism.

The area of 175 km to the south of Trincomalee would also be developed as high-end tourist resorts, the Prime Minister said. He said the plan was to put in place infrastructure for high-value tourism and the further develop the hilly region. The government plans to open eastern beaches and implement offshore projects such as yachting and cruises — stretching from uninhabited small islands in the Northern Province to the historic Galle city in the South.


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New plan to overcome Kandy’s traffic nightmare

Fees to control street parking:

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Improving the capacity of city entry corridors and intersections and better regulating school transport are among the short-term measures proposed by transport researchers to ease traffic congestion in Kandy, the country’s second-busiest city, where vehicle speeds are as low as 4-15 kmph on busier roads.

Such low speeds in the transportation network leads to lower economic productivity in the city, and to negative social and environmental consequences, according to studies done by the Moratuwa and Peradeniya universities, Road Development Authority and Ministry of Urban Development. Kandy, with a population density of around 2,500 persons per square kilometre, has topographical features which restrict road widening and new roads.

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Promoting off-street parking while regulating on-street parking through a pricing policy and improving pedestrian facilities have been identified as short-term solutions to increase transport network speed, according to the research. Its main features were presented at the R4TLI - Research for Transport and Logistics – conference on research for transport and logistics industry organised by the Sri Lanka Society for Transport and Logistics with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Sri Lanka.

The research paper, ‘Strategic Interventions for Improving Transportation in Kandy City’ was awarded the best research paper in transport planning at the R4TLI. The authors were Prof. Amal S. Kumarage and Janaka Weerawardana of the University of Moratuwa, and I. M. S. Sathyaprasad of the University of Peradeniya.

The strategy outlines how a sustainable transport system could be achieved. The research recommends that 60% of the people arriving in the city should use public transport and as such recommends the improvement of the bus and railway system, said Prof. Kumarage.

This includes creating a multi-modal transport hub in Kandy and improving bus operations which currently causes severe congestion in the city centre due to over 5,000 buses terminating in Kandy.


Traffic counts conducted at each of the entry points to the Kandy Municipal Area (KMA), covering about 12 square kilometres, and the core Central Business District (CBD), of around three square km, showed 318,000 passengers entering the KMA in 56,000 vehicles on a daily basis.

Private vehicles make up 79% of the vehicle flow but carry only 32% of the passengers while route buses make up 9% of Average Daily Traffic but carry 64% of passengers. Rail carries about 3,000 passengers to the city every day: a mere 1% of the total number arriving.

The findings of the studies show the main causes for an inefficient transport system in Kandy: limited road infrastructure, conflicting land use and poor orientation of bus routing, terminals and stops. Also identified were inadequate by-pass roads for KMA and CBD, inappropriate traffic circulation and parking demand management measures, under-utilisation of the railway network, and lack of management of para-transit modes such as school vans and trishaws. Inefficiency of the transport system also led to increased social and environmental issues such as air, water and noise pollution.

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Based on research, a new transport demand management plan was developed to address the issues identified, while also taking into consideration design limitations. A physical infrastructure development plan has been prepared to support the transport demand management plan. These two plans were merged to make an Integrated Development Plan covering the overall land-use, traffic management and physical infrastructure changes.

“It recommends the long-term relocation of wholesale and other activities that are not aligned to the core attractions of the city to peripheral satellites such as Peradeniya/Katugastota and Tennekumbura where transfer transport terminals are also recommended,” Prof. Kumarage said.

Kandy City should be a ‘traffic restrained’ area given its cultural context as a Heritage City, its population density, as well as its geographical and environmental setting, according to the study.

Reallocating land-use inside the city and setting up three satellite cities at Peradeniya/Gatambe, Katugastota and Tennekumbura were key long-term recommendations to eliminate unnecessary vehicle movements inside the city.

The road space within the city is recommended to be transformed into pedestrian use to ensure they are able to spend more time in the city, the professor said. “Haphazard parking has been identified as poor use of the existing limited road space. Several parking locations have been identified while a parking policy that discourages on street parking has been proposed.”

The study also recommends the double tracking of the railway between Peradeniya and Katugastota as the current mode share of commuters is only 1%. It identified that 23% of the traffic could by-pass the city if alternate roads are available and recommends a network of roads to be developed including the possibility of a tunnel to connect the eastern access to the southern access. Re-routing bus services, integration of bus terminals and railway station, introduction of new railway commuter services are recommended as medium-term interventions to facilitate through-trips while reducing pedestrian movements in the city core.

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07-24-2016, 10:47 PM

Korean Govt extends U$ 300 m in EDCF loans to Lanka

A Framework Arrangement enabling Sri Lanka to obtain soft loans from the Government of Korea up to U$ 300 million till 2018 was signed recently. This Framework Arrangement is based on the agreement between the two governments signed in December 1995 concerning Loans from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF).

Under the newly signed framework arrangement, the two Governments expect to work closely to develop a diverse range of projects in such sectors as transportation, education, water treatment, and rural development, identified as the priority areas under the Country Partnership Strategy between Korea and Sri Lanka.

The projects will be carefully selected through in-depth assessment and multiple discussions to reflect Sri Lanka’s development needs and strategic directions.

The EDCF was set up in 1987 to promote economic cooperation between Korea and partner countries. Drawing on Korea’s own development experience over the years, the EDCF assists partner countries in their industrial development and economic stability through the provision of long-term, low-interest credit.

Korea Eximbank, entrusted by the Korean Government, implements operations and management of the fund, and the Bank has provided Sri Lanka with loans worth U$ 606 million for 27 projects since 1990. Sri Lanka thus remains the fifth largest recipient of EDCF, and a significant portfolio lies in the water supply and transportation sectors besides projects in other sectors such as ICT, education and skills development, public administration, and waste management. Ruhunupura water supply, Hatton Nuwara Eliya road rehabilitation, Hambantota administrative complex, and E-governance system are some recently completed projects that are being successfully operated.

The ongoing projects include solid waste disposal facilities, Colombo vocational training centre and Gampaha Technical College, Deduruoya and Ruwanwella water supply projects.

With the setting up of the official representative office of Korea Eximbank in Colombo early this year, the Korean government expects to continue strengthening its ties with Sri Lanka and build a stronger foundation to assist the nation towards achieving economic growth targets in the future.

In addition to EDCF support, the Korea Eximbank, as a trade facilitator of the Korean government, hopes to provide competitive financing for infrastructure projects and FDI projects in Sri Lanka from its own account. Accumulated trade finance and FDI finance have reached U$314 million and U$ 64 million respectively since 1978.

- http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2016/07/24/bus35.asp
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