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WORK COMMENCES ON SETHSIRIPAYA STAGE II


Work on the construction of the superstructure of a new building at the Sethsiripaya Administrative Complex in Battaramulla commenced on 22nd July 2009, under the Sethsiripaya Stage II Project. Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Areas Development, accompanied by the Hon. Rohana Dissanayake, Minister of Urban Development and by Mr P Ramanujam, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Areas Development, cut the first sod on 14th July.

Speaking on the occasion, Hon Dinesh Gunawardena pointed out that this project was part of a broader effort to shift government offices out of Colombo to the Capital, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. He thanked HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet of Ministers for enabling this project to come to fruition. He said that under the Mahinda Chinthanaya, large scale buildings such as this will be put up with local expertise, by local engineers and builders so that the indigenous construction sector would benefit. Hon. Rohana Dissanayake also spoke.
The building, which is being built on an extent of one hectare (2.5 acres), is to consist of 13 stories (G+12) and will have a total floor area of 32,000 m2 (350,000 sq. ft). There will be parking facilities at ground level, with office space, an auditorium and common areas on the other stories. The building is designed to be environmentally sound and people-friendly and is optimised to allow natural ventilation and to make maximum use of harvested rainwater. Additionally, access for wheelchairs and toilets and other facilities for the disabled have been provided for.

The project, the total cost of which is three billion rupees, is being handled by the Urban Investment and Development Company (Private) Ltd, (UNIDEP) a fully-owned subsidiary of the Urban Development Authority (UDA). Dr M E Joachim is the project manager, the architectural consultant is the Project Management Division of the UDA and the engineering consultant is the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau. The work on the superstructure, which is expected to take two years, is being carried out by Maga Engineering (Private) Ltd.