Polonnaruwa to become a metro city at cost of Rs16 bn


July 30, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s north central heritage city Polonnaruwa to develop as a metro city at a cost 16,650 million rupees, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said at a media briefing held Thursday.

Polonnaruwa town and its nodal points known as Polonnaruwa, Kaduruwela and New Town are growing fast as Heritage City, Commercial City and Administrative City respectively.

The development project will implement a number of town development projects to develop Polonnaruwa as a Metro City, overcoming the issues of traffic congestion, parking issues and environmental hazards, keeping with the development plan prepared for the entire town.

The city caters to over 80,000 people daily and this number is likely to increase rapidly, Senaratne said.

The proposal made by Rauff Hakeem, the Minister of Urban Development to implement the Grater Polonnaruwa Town Development project which is comprised of many projects in the fields of commercial development, heritage conservation and tourism promotion, environmental and landscaping development was given cabinet approval.