Sri Lanka chamber stresses sustainability in megapolis project

ECONOMYNEXT – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce urged the government to ensure a “strong sustainability focus” in its proposed Western Region Megapolis project covering Colombo and adjacent suburbs.

Its chairman, Samantha Ranatunga, said Sri Lanka should avoid mistakes done by other South Asian cities, when developing the Megapolis.

“A center piece of the government’s economic development agenda – the Western Region Megapolis project – is set to have a massive urban infrastructure build,” he said.

“But we need to get it right. We must have a strong sustainability focus in this. As a late comer to urbanization, Sri Lanka has a unique opportunity to do things differently, and avoid the mistakes of some other Asian cities.”

Ranatunga spoke at a roundtable discussion on sustainable urban development organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce attended by visiting representatives of leading Swedish companies such as ABB, Axis, Ericsson, Saab, Scania and Volvo.
(Colombo/May 04 2016)

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