Kandy to get Rs 12,200 million for urban renewa
In an exclusive interview with The Kandy News, mayor of Kandy Mahindra Ratwatte revealed that the Kandy city (population 125,000) and the Greater Kandy area will get a massive four-year development and urban renewal project to address some of the most pressing needs of the Kandy area residents. The development segment of the project includes improved roads, bus stations, and augmented water supply and upgrading of storm water drainage system. Urban upgrading aimed at improving the quality of life of the residents include improvement of pedestrian pathways around the Kandy Lake and other pedestrian networks to link the different parts of the city, preservation of World Heritage buildings, pedestrianization of some parts of the city centre and creating an integrated cultural cum leisure complex that includes the Bogambara Sports Stadium, now vacant Bogambara prison, and Barracks. The Kandy Lake will also get a facelift with new shore protection, silt traps and other improvements to upgrade water quality.
The Project is scheduled to start in August 2014 and end in August 2019. Total approximate cost of the entire project will be $94 million (Rs 12,200 million). The World Bank is funding the bulk of the project. The Government will provide additional matching funds for some of the sub projects and especially for resettlement and compensation for individuals and businesses that will be affected by land acquisition for activities such as road improvement.
The Ministry of Defense and Urban Development operating via the UDA will be the central government agency responsible for the project. A coordination and consultative committee chaired by the Kandy mayor will liaise with the Project Management Unit (Kandy) of the Ministry of
Kandy Rotary Donates Five Compactors Worth Rs. 22 Million to KMC
Responding to a request from the Mayor of Kandy, Mahindra Ratwatte, the Rotary Club of Kandy has secured a donation of five compactors from Japan having an estimated total value of Rs. 22 million. Addressing those present at the donation ceremony the mayor announced that he has launched a scheme to mobilize the support of the Kandy residents to collect solid waste and to keep the city and the suburbs clean.
Kandy District Parliamentarian and Deputy Minster of Finance Sarath Amunugama in his speech stated that Kandy was a major tourist destination that created jobs and income for the local community. To develop the industry it was important to improve the public health of the city he said.
The Governor of the Central Province Tikiri Kobbakaduwa, former MMC Rotarian J Baskaran and senior officials of the KMC were among the distinguished guests who were present on the occasion.
The picture shows the president of the Rotary Club of Kandy Rotarian Rosemary Greave handing over the five compactors to Kandy Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte. Rotarians Pearly Liyanage, Nanda Bandaranayaka, Past Rotary Governors B D R Rajan and Dr. Wijaya Kumaran, and Deputy Mayor Sena Dissanayaka are also in the picture.