Sri Lanka extends deal with Singapore’s Surbana to design megapolis

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has hired Singapore urban planning consultants Surbana for 35 million rupees to help design a plan to turn the capital Colombo’s metropolitan region into a modern ‘megapolis’ and extended the project period by five months.

The Cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to obtain the services of local and foreign consultant experts for a further period to proceed with the project, Cabinet Spokesperson and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said.

The proposal by Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, said the deal with Surbana, formerly CESMA International, part of Singapore’s state-run Housing Development Corporation, was signed on September 18, 2015.

Cabinet approved extending project period by five months till February 2016 from September 2015.

The consultants need four months more to complete the design for the Western Region Megapolis Plan covering the entire Western Province from Negombo in the north to Kalutara in the south.

The total budget for the WRMPP is 50 million rupees. The Treasury and Urban Development Authority have already allocated 56 million rupees and 10 million rupees to prepare the Western Region Megapolis Plan.

Collection of data, preparation of basic designs and legislation have been completed and the government has spent 22.3 million rupees up to September 2015 on project planning.

The cabinet also approved retaining the group of local counterpart professionals and administrative staff of the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project (WRMPP) for another five months from September 2015.

The team consists of officials from the UDA, Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and  Development Corporation, Central Environmental Authority, Coast Conservation Department, Colombo Municipal Council, Ministry of Transport, Road Development Authority, National Physical Planning Department, Sri Lanka Ports Authorrity and the Government Agent, Colombo.
 (Colombo/October 29 2015)
 

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