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NEC approves National Physical Planning Policy

The National Economic Council (NEC) headed by President Maithripala Sirisena has approved the National Physical Planning Policy and the plan 2018-2050 aiming to promote and regulate the integrated planning of economic, social, physical and environmental aspects of land and territorial waters of Sri Lanka.

The plan has already been approved by the National Physical Planning Council (NPPA) and it is expected to be gazetted shortly, NEC Secretary General Prof. Lalith Samarakoon said yesterday.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday, Samarakoon said the plan has suggested to develop Colombo-Trincomalee as the main economic corridor along with three other sub-corridors, Jaffna-Kilinochchi in the Northern Province, Galle-Tissamaharama in the Southern Province and Chenkaladi-Ampara in the Eastern Province. Meanwhile, Anuradhapura and Kandy will be developed separately as metropolitan areas, while Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu Puttalam,Polonnaruwa, Mahiyangana, Wellawaya, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura as main cities aiming for future agglomeration of economies and to draw investments.

Urban Development Authority Chairman and National Physical Planning Department (NPPD) Director General Dr. Jagath Munasinghe said that the proposed Colombo-Trincomalee development corridor, consisting of one-thirds of the island’s population, is the main section of the plan.

According to the proposed plan, the future development initiatives in the corridor, such as industrial estates, cultural development zones, tourism zones, urban service centres will be concentrated in six major population centres in the corridor. He further said that the main purpose of infrastructure development is to attract foreign and local investments to these areas for individual developments.

This plan has been devised by the National Physical Planning Department (NPPD) under the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry with the consultation of various stakeholders, during over one and half years.


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