ComBank's CSR Trust paves the way to Sri Pada
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has taken the lead to help devotees
visiting Sri Pada (Adam's Peak), the only mountain in the world
considered sacred by the followers of many different faiths.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Trust (CSR Trust) of the
Commercial Bank commenced a project last year to rehabilitate and
reconstruct the stretch between Seethagangula and Thenna, following a
request by the Chief Incumbent of the Sri Padasthanaya Venerable
Handapangoda Wimalabhidana and the Chief Incumbent of Uda Maluwa
Venerable Dampahala Seelananda.
"The Sri Pada pathway through Hatton was in a highly dilapidated
condition and we were informed that there were delays in obtaining funds
for the reconstruction of this stretch which was in a particularly bad
condition. Our CSR Trust responded by undertaking the project to
rehabilitate and reconstruct this stretch with the consent of the
authorities," Commercial Bank's AGM-Plan Implementation Richard Rodrigo
He said that subsequent to the Bank's offer, Government authorities
and several other private establishments had come forward to assist in
the rehabilitation of different stretches of this pathway. A public
meeting was organised recently in Hatton by the authorities to
acknowledge the contributions made towards this project by the
Commercial Bank and the Government.
Work on the stretch undertaken by the Commercial Bank is progressing
fast despite the many challenges of working during the "Off Season"
which is also the rainy season. Another difficulty is carrying the
building materials manually to the place of work located at high
elevations. "Notwithstanding all these, the work is nearing completion
and we expect to handover the rehabilitated roadway to the authorities
in the near future. This would ease the hardships faced by pilgrims
visiting Sri Pada at least to some extent," Rodrigo added.
The CSR Trust of the Commercial Bank empowers communities and
individuals to help them become self-reliant and independent, to
motivate people, to encourage individuals to think out of the box, to
capture and preserve heritage and folk wisdom.
The Trust commenced with a startup capital of Rs 25 million and the
Bank contributes up to one per cent of its post tax profits every year