Apr 26, 2016 (LBO) – The Lotus Tower or Nelum Kuluna’s land is still in dispute and awaiting approval from the Urban Development Authority, a senior official told Lanka Business Online.
“We are still waiting for the land issue to be sorted, it needs to be cleared by the Attorney General’s Department and then the UDA approval can be given,” W.D. de Alwis, project director, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) said.
“Three of the plots here are occupied by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, so this needs to cleared.”
Last year construction of the building came to a halt when Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga claimed the land on which the building was constructed belonged to the SLPA and that the land had not been obtained through proper legal means.
Later the new government gave the green light for construction to recommence.
The 350-meter tower being built with Chinese funding will be used as a transmission tower and house facilities such as a shopping centre, restaurants and conference hall.
“Despite disruptions, the construction work of the Lotus Tower is scheduled to be completed by end 2017,” De Alwis said. “We have regular meetings and any issues regarding the project are ironed out there.”
He said that if any additional funds were required for the completion of the project it will be sorted through cabinet approval. The project funded by EXIM Bank of Chin is expected to cost a total of 104.3 million US dollars.
When completed, the tower will be the tallest building in South Asia.