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Diyatha Uyana to be renovated

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has streamlined maintenance work at the Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana (Wetland Park) which was in a state of neglect during the previous regime. This follows a directive issued by Prime Minister and Finance, Economic Affairs, Policy Development, Buddha Sasana, Cultural, Water Supply and Urban Development, Housing Facilities Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, a media release issued by the Water Supply and Urban Development, Housing Facilities Ministry said.

The restaurant facilitated in rail compartments at the Diyatha Uyana Railway Station has attracted people visiting the facility and they have acclaimed the steps taken to add new features to the recreation area. The management of Waters Edge Hotel said people visiting the Diyatha Uyana Railway Station cafeteria can enjoy tasty food at a reasonable price. Apart from local food items, Indian and Chinese cuisine is also available at this facility.

The Diyatha Uyana Railway Station is situated on the outward banks of the Diyawanna Oya. It is an attractive restaurant built in the form of a train halted at a railway station. It was planned on a concept of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during his stewardship as the Defence Secretary. As in other railway stations, seats have been built on the railway platform to accommodate people.

Three air-conditioned railway compartments have been turned into a restaurant which can accommodate nearly 120 people at a time.

Altogether four railway compartments have been turned into a restaurant to accommodate about 250 people at a time. The young and old, including foreign tourists, visiting this facility can enjoy food looking at the picturesque scenery surrounding the place.

Some people arrange their wedding receptions at this railway station. As a solution to the 2010 flood threat, the Diyawanna Oya was de-silted to enable it to hold a larger water mass and the low-lying area was developed as a wetland park (Diyatha Uyana).

It has now turned into a market place for the goods of self-employed persons including foliage, cut flowers and agricultural products including fruits and vegetables. There is also a vehicle park to accommodate visitors and customers. There is also an environment-friendly electric battery-operated transport shuttle service to transport customers visiting the facility to and from the vehicle park.

In keeping with the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ concept, the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation built the Diyatha Uyana Wetland Park in co-ordination with the Tri Forces and the Civil Defence Department under the guidance of then Secretary to the Defence and Urban Development Ministry Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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