‘Hundred Cities’ project successful despite COVID woes – State Minster

By Naalir Jamaldeen | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 21 2021
News ‘Hundred Cities’ project successful despite COVID woes – State Minster

By Naalir Jamaldeen

State Minister for Rural Housing, Construction, Building Materials and Industries Promotion, Indika Anuruddha said on Monday (18) that while combating the deadly COVID-19 pandemic at a cost of billions of rupees, the Government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has implemented various urban development projects across the country, including the ‘Hundred Cities’ modernisation programme. 

State Minister Anuruddha stated that ‘Deyak Nagara Siyak Nagara’ is also one of the Government’s urban development projects that has been successfully implemented throughout the country, including the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The State Minister also stated that he inaugurated the Mellawagedara Junction development project in the Diwulapitiya Divisional Secretariat Division in the Gampaha District as part of the aforementioned project with the participation of State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal, and Community Cleanliness Dr. Nalaka Godahewa. 

“On the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Urban Development and Housing Minister Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) has implemented this project all over the country under the supervision of State Minister Godahewa,” State Minister Anuruddha said. According to the State Minister, the main goal of this project is to develop major cities such as Colombo as well as rural cities through a formal development plan. 

He said that infrastructure development, including construction of a road network, sidewalk, a children’s park, herbal garden and a bus stop will be carried out as part of this project with a focus on the town of Mellawagedara. The project is expected to cost Rs 20 million. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Diwulapitiya Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Indika Jayasinghe, UDA Mrs. Rupa Ranjani, and several other distinguished invitees, according to State Minister Anuruddha.

By Naalir Jamaldeen | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 21 2021

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