“Megapolis” Sri Lanka’s road to better sustainable development: Minister   

Oct 01, 2015 (LBO) – Mega cities are important to transform Sri Lanka into a smart country and Colombo will remain as the epicenter for economic activities, Minister Champika Ranawaka said.

“The proposed Megapolis concept is now underway and will span from Negombo to Beruwela and the Colombo city will be functioning as the epicenter,” Megapolis and Western Region Development Minister, Champika Ranawaka said.

He was speaking at the launch of World Bank’s “Leveraging Urbanization in South Asia” Report in Sri Lanka, in Colombo recently.

“The model is also based on the belief that if the cities in adjacent regions work together and they can create a new urban form that will increase economic opportunity and global competitiveness for each individual city and for the nation as a whole,” the Minister stressed.

Analysts says these clustered networks of cities will have to cooperate in the formation of a structure that takes advantage of their complementary roles while addressing common concerns in the areas of transportation mainly railways and highways, inclusive economic development and environmental protection.

The Megapsolis model, adopted in the U.S., has positively addressed the problems originating from growing congested transportation networks that are creating diseconomies, which in turn affect the economic vitality and quality of life in the cities and regions.

While in Europe and Asia, similar network cities are already being seen as the new competitive units in the global economy.

The European Union and national governments in Europe, China and Japan are investing hundreds of billions of dollars in new intermodal transportation and communication links and other infrastructure to underpin the capacity, efficiency and livability of these regions.

All of these places have new high-speed rail networks and are integrating the economies of formerly isolated regions.

The Minister says that there is a long term mission of transforming Sri Lanka into a smart county.

“If cities are following the right strategies then urbanization can bring about immense positive changes in the lives of billions of people and this can be an engine of growth and cultural development,” he said.

“We need smart infrastructure, advance technology, ICT, energy security and economic based on knowledge to a accomplish this goal.”

Development will be the epicenter to a longstanding firmly established and sustainable future urban process in Sri Lanka, he added.

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Sas
Sas
6 years ago

A great project

Jehan
Jehan
6 years ago

You can’t just produce a megapolis just because you want to imitate something and anything from West. The population, the economy, the culture all has to support this. Otherwise you will end up with an unhealthy slum city, a time bomb waiting to be exploded.

Mark my word only thing they will manage to come up is the Port City, the same thing they promised to cancel on their election campaign.

BKVWHK
BKVWHK
6 years ago
Reply to  Jehan

Very true

Lal
Lal
6 years ago
Reply to  BKVWHK

They already have a plan created by one of the worlds best urban planning firms and the plan is created to suit SL

BKK
BKK
6 years ago
Reply to  Lal

yeah when you pay millions of dollar they will come up with a plan. Question is can our people afford apartments? Can the roads support 5 millions commuters daily? does the government have money for railways? will our people agree for compensation and relocation? Where do the excess water supply should come from? any plan to create jobs? the electricity power stations that are delayed by decades?

Like Jehan said I would be happy if they manage to complete the outer circular highway and the port city. I don’t intend to be disappointed by betting on these blind horses.

Channa
Channa
6 years ago
Reply to  BKK

Actually the plan was created during Ranils last time as PM
The govt does not need to have money when they should open those sectors for investment

gundasa
gundasa
6 years ago
Reply to  Lal

funny

branferid
branferid
6 years ago

Hope these projects comes up with all required infrastructure developments. Lets us see whats on the cards once the plans are revealed……

gundasa
gundasa
6 years ago
Reply to  branferid

plans are only plans , until 5 year’s over they will make plans ,where the obtain money for the project ,