Capital Tower

Sept 02, 2012 (LBO) – India’ Krrish group, which has interests in alcohol and real estate is in a deal with Sri Lanka to build a 460 million US dollar tower with land leased from the state, a media report said. The newspaper quoted documents as saying that the Indian firm will “offer the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in perpetuity, 400 car parking spaces, 10 bus parking spaces and commercial space of 3,000 square metres in consideration of the capitalised price of the leasehold value of the land and in respect of CBSL™s initiation of the project, and investment in its initial stages.”

The report said there will be no investments by the Treasury. It is not clear whether an ‘investment’ by the Central Bank is in cash.

The project has been described as a “public private” partnership, and representatives of the Central Bank, the UDA and finance ministry will come up with the roles and conditions related to public and private sector roles, the report said.

The project will be classified as a ‘strategic development’ indicating that it will qualify for sweeping tax relief under Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment.

Correction: para 3- US dollars 37.1 million Sri Lanka’s The Sunday Times newsp