Sri Lanka to close prisons for commercial development

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

Sept 29, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will shift several prisons in prime city centres including the capital Colombo to make way for commercial development, minister Keheliya Rambukwelle said. Matara and Galle prisons will be shifted to Pitabeddara in the Matara district.

The cabinet of ministers had approved a proposal by the prison reforms ministry to move prisons in Colombo, Matara, Tangalle and Galle.

The land released will be offered by a competitive bidding process for development and investment.

A large prisons complex in Borella in Colombo will be closed and the prisoners shifted to Mahara, Watareka and Kaluthara.

A prison in Tangalle in the South Coast will be shifted to Ranne where a prison will be built on a 65 acre land belonging to the Mahaweli River valley development agency.