The Urban Development Authority (UDA) on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, is planning to launch a massive development project covering several cities in the Nuwara Eliya District on April 23rd.
According to the “Vision of Prosperity” policy statement, these development projects will be implemented in line with the city development plan throughout the country
Under the proposed development project, Nuwara Eliya, Pundaluoya, Nanu Oya, Ginigathhena, Walapane, Rikillagaskada, Pussellawa, Kitulgala and related areas are to be developed.
Accordingly, the Nuwara Eliya Race Course will be developed in accordance with international standards and in parallel a football field, an athletics training ground, two volleyball courts, two basketball courts, a cricket ground, a cable car project, walking path, an horse race lane, a carnival complex, a stable and a network of restaurants are to be built.
Four projects have been proposed for the development of Walapane town under which a trade and administration building will be established in Walapane town. In addition, it is proposed to construct a car park and a bus stand.
Two development projects are to be implemented through the Rikillagaskada town development plan. Under this, it is planned to construct a commercial building and widen the roads.
The Ginigathhena New Town Development Project is another project under which the Nawalapitiya – Hatton Highway will be upgraded. In addition, a shopping complex providing various services will be constructed.
The project also includes a number of small projects implemented separately by the Ambagamuwa, Kotagala, Nuwara Eliya, Kotmale Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Nuwara Eliya District and the Hatton – Talawakelle Urban Council and the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council.
Under the proposed projects, construction of canal embankments, extension of roads, removal of unauthorized constructions, construction of roads and platforms, beautification of urban landscaping, rest facilities at suitable locations, redevelopment of existing land and streets will be implemented. In addition, electricity, communications, postal and other sectors are to be developed and eco-friendly tree planting is also planned.
As the Nuwara Eliya District is a tourist hotspot, these development activities have been launched with the aim of attracting international tourists. The estimated amount to be invested by the General Treasury for this is more than Rs. 800 million.