UDA launches Anuradhapura development project | Daily News


UDA launches Anuradhapura development project

Tourism, artifact preservation top priority

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has launched a project to develop Anuradhapura while giving top priority to tourism and artifact preservation.

Anuradhapura UDA Provincial Director L.J. Liyanage told the Daily News that the project aims to make Anuradhapura the Buddhist heritage capital of the world.

It is expected to be completed within the next 10 years.

Liyanage said that the initial estimation for the project is Rs.10 billion. The funds are to be invested once the necessary assessments regarding the project are made, he added.

The Anuradhapura UDA Provincial Director said that environmental assessments are to be carried out in the Eastern and Central Nuwaragam Palatha municipalities under this project.

He said that the historical sites found in the Anuradhapura District should be preserved as they are a major part of Sri Lankan culture, and also play a significant role in attracting tourists.

Liyanage said that the project also aims to develop the Ranmasu Uyana near the Tissa Wewa, which has been in a deplorable state for a long time due to negligence.

Furthermore, all museums in the district are also to be renovated as they are a vital link in the country’s cultural education, as well as an inspiration to artistes, the Anuradhapura UDA Provincial Director said. He added that programmes to explain the history of the Anuradhapura kingdom to tourists are also to be arranged.

Parallel to the Urban Development Authority’s project, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation of the United States is also to fund the technological development of Anuradhapura museums.

They are also to train the Archaeology Department on artifact preservation techniques.

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