First phase of “Techno City” to be launched this week

sri-lanka-roads-2The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development the first phase of ‘Techno City’ which will comprise of five technology institutes including the National Science Centre, Satellite Centre and Technology University, will be launched this week.

Techno City , one of the main aspects of the Urban Development Plan which is operating through anumber of strategic fields is to be launched under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on September 22, at the Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology in Mahahenawaththa, Pitipana, Homagama.

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Highways and Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella, Deputy Minister of of Megapolis and Western Development Lasantha Alagiyawanna and around 400 distinguish guests are to be present at the occasion.

The regions from Malambe to Homagama in the Western Province have been selected as the most suitable environment for the new ‘Techno City’ as those regions have been identified as very crowded areas. Accordingly the constructions of a new Techno City is to commence while dividing Malabe into three technical zones and Homagama into seven technical zones.

Sri Lanka’s first class institutions in the fields of science and technology, University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayawardhenapura, University of Colombo, Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies and National Science Centre are to commence their projects in the technical zone. Accordingly, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) is working on a proposal to grant 25 acres to each university and 10 acres to each technical institution affiliated with this task.

Another 1000 acres have already identified for the future work of this project and the UDA is currently working on acquisition of those lands. Accordingly the whole project will operate within 1200 acres. Meanwhile arrangements are in place to develop a four lane road system from Makumbura to the Uduwana junction as it is important to win the future world with the Techno City.

The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development said that Sri Lanka should be empowered with modern technologies and human resource to contest in the world economy at a time all middle income countries are trying to coincide with the developed countries and the first step for the above task will be marked with the launch of Techno City and there is no doubt it will become the zone which leads Sri Lanka forward in the future. (Colombo Gazette)