The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing assured that the proposed development work in Galle will be completed soon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has given instructions to implement the Galle City Development Plan while preserving the culture and environment for natural survival and allowing adequate green space, a Ministry statement read.
According to the statement, urban development projects are being implemented on the instructions of the Prime Minister, in his capacity as Minister-in-Charge of Urban Development and Housing, linking the sustainable development process to urban development planning.
The Galle Urban Development Project is conducted by the Urban Development Authority in keeping with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Vision of Prosperity’ policy statement.
The Galle Ocean Road will be built in two stages under this plan. The first phase starts near the fortress and ends near the public fair. The second phase will begin near the Public Fair and end near the Fisheries Harbour Corporation’s Shipping Division.
Two new viewing points will be added to this ocean lane. These two vantage points are also of exceptional quality. It is a unique feature that both local and foreign tourists can see two distinct ecosystems while visiting those two locations.
The Rumassala Mountain Range provides a direct view of the Galle Fort viewing point.
Simultaneously, the sea can be seen from the rocks beneath the Rumassala mountain range. A closer look reveals the Japanese Peace Chaithya in the Rumassala range. A green environment is clearly visible here.
A different environment can be seen from the viewing booth near the Galle Naval Division. The Galle Fort could be seen rising like a colossus in the city centre and the vast expanse of the ocean appears to be producing rapid waves. The Galle city centre could also be seen opposite the Galle Public Stadium. The opportunity to see the environment from two different perspectives from opposite ends of the city of Galle is what distinguishes these two attractions. In relation to these two sections, the lane or runway will be built first. Simultaneously, a plot of land near the Galle Sea is being prepared for recreation and leisure.
As a result, it is expected to regularise existing informal sports and recreational activities, to increase the number of pedestrian crossings along the coast, to improve facilities related to them, to meet people’s needs, to create new infrastructure, and to remove unauthorised constructions along the coast to improve the social and economic opportunities.
On the two Galle sea routes, the existing pedestrian and leisure lanes are erratic and the areas are designed to allow people to freely explore the surroundings. Many advantageous opportunities arise from open spaces in urban environments, the statement concluded.
It is also believed that converting open spaces into green space can help alleviate stress. It is recognised that it is by preserving the natural environment and giving due consideration to cultural values.
All development plans for these two sections of the ocean route have been prepared with the goal of bringing those ideas to fruition. The development projects on these two sections of the ocean road cost Rs 198 million each. The project is expected to be completed in 450 days. The second phase will cost Rs 147 million and must be completed in 450 days.
The Galle Municipal Council owns both of these projects.