Feb 28, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority together with Japan International Cooperation Agency today commenced a study to formulate detailed plans for developing historic Kandy city.
The study will formulate the urban development vision and detailed urban plans towards enhancing the attractiveness of Kandy as a historic and touristic city.
Japan International Cooperation Agency said in a statement that the study is conducted under their technical cooperation and they will also support UDA to prepare urban design guidelines and regulations to protect the heritage city area.
The study is focused towards realizing unique socio-economic potential of Kandy city while preserving its ancient heritage sacred to Buddhists around the world.
The study is expected to recommend sustainable systems and strategic investment proposal to implement the development plans.
UDA will also receive training opportunities to enhance staff competencies.
“Similar to Sri Lanka, Japan’s history and culture have been strongly influenced by Buddhism from the time it was introduced to Japan in 6th century AD,” Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office, Kiyoshi Amada said.
“Most Sri Lankan tourists who visit Japan do not miss our heritage cities such as Kyoto and Kamakura which are built around Buddhist temples,”
“We are hoping to share our experiences in preserving the heritage and character of cities in a way to realize the economic potential especially through tourism.”
Development plans, guidelines or regulations would be successful only if they were prepared in consultation with the stakeholders from the outset.
As such, the study will include a number of public consultations and stakeholder dialogues towards awareness creation and consensus building.