He said that a few expats had already returned to the country and he expects more to return in the near future.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the first phase of ‘Techno City’ in Homagama.
Techno City , one of the main aspects of the Urban Development Plan which is operating through a number of strategic fields was launched under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe 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 and others were 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. (Colombo Gazette)