Friday, February 21, 2014

Viharamahadevi Park vested on public

The newly renovated Town Hall Square including the Viharamahadevi Park, and the rehabilitated road network in the Colombo city were vested on the public yesterday (Feb. 19).

The upgraded facilities to these public utilities were declared open in the presence of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday evening.

Upon placing flowers to the Lord Buddha statue at the entrance, the defence secretary together with the invitees went around the park and the Town Hall premises before opening the new Information Center.

The Chief Guest unveiled a special commemorative plaque erected at the park.

The development of Town Hall Square has helped the city of Colombo retain its historical 'Garden City' character while improving access to all public areas located within the square.

The more significant interventions include an overall upgrading of the Town Hall building and its extensive lawns and the three kilometer road network surrounding the historic city landmark and also the Viharamahadevi Park including the pedestrian sidewalks, street lighting, centre isles and roundabouts.

The park, the largest in the city has also had a major facelift with the new addition of cycle tracks, improved footpaths, lightning and attractively redesigned children's play area. The specially built kiddies water play is expected to be very popular with the children.

In keeping with the Secretary Defence's clean, green, people friendly open space concept the surrounding walls and gates have been removed to let free movement of people day or night.
Special security arrangements have been placed to ensure public safety 24/7.

The Town hall Square development project was completed with a cost of Rs. 614 million.
A large gathering of distinguished gathering including Senior Cabinet Minister A H M Fowzie, parliamentarians, Mayors of surrounding local bodies, state officials, Municipal Council members and civil society member were present at the occasion.

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