Lotus Tower to open on 15 Sept

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The Chinese-built Lotus Tower, located in the heart of Colombo, will be opened to the public from 15 September, with tickets priced at Rs 500 and Rs 2,000, and to foreigners at the rate of USD 20, the Government announced yesterday (31).

Chief Administrative Officer of Colombo Lotus Tower Pvt Ltd, (Rtd) Major General Prasad Samarasinghe said the Lotus Tower plans to offer new technological experiences, along with entertainment options similar to those found in wealthy countries.

He said so far 80 per cent of local investors and 20 per cent of foreign investors have joined the investment opportunities at the Lotus Tower.

The first floor will be used as office space and include a cinema. A conference hall seating 400 will be opened on the third floor. The floor on top of this will feature a rotating restaurant. 

The tallest structure in South Asia, the Lotus Tower was built at a cost of nearly USD 104 million.

The President’s Office said a Chinese company granted over USD 88.65 million and the rest has been borne by the Sri Lankan Government and the loan instalments are due to end by 2024 and USD 66.3936 million has been settled.  

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan