Army Commander inaugurates Thuru Mithuru - Nawa Ratak Phase 3 | Daily News


Army Commander inaugurates Thuru Mithuru - Nawa Ratak Phase 3

A project being unveiled.
A project being unveiled.

Troops of the Sri Lanka Army HQ under the guidance of Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva inaugurated the ‘Thuru Mithuru - Nawa Ratak’ Project Phase 3 yesterday, providing a slew of community-oriented public utilities, Army-related ancillary services and opening several exhibits at the entrance to the Army Headquarters.

Master General Ordnance Branch at the AHQ headed by Major General Prasanna Chandrasekara commenced the proceedings at 6.30 a.m. after Chief Guest Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva arrived at the location and planted the first sapling around the turn near the entrance to the AHQ road.

The formal opening of the Thuru Mithuru - Nawa Ratak main signboard, followed by the newly-constructed 2 km-long walking track for the public, three new zones for physical training with accessories and beautification of the Army-renovated roadside lake by installing water fountains was included in the first segment of the day’s programme.

A shoal of 10,000 fingerlings was released to the newly-dug lake. One more school of 10,000 fingerlings was also dropped into freshwater by two boats of the Special Forces. Over 100 coconut saplings were planted by civilians around the lake. The Chief Guest symbolically vested 24 concrete benches along the roadside and on the banks of the lake in the public.

Lieutenant General Silva unveiled the new signboard of the Army Headquarters at the turn to the premises and planted two ‘Ehela’ saplings on either side of the signboard. Afterwards, the Commander unveiled 130 mm and 122 mm artillery guns that have been positioned at the main entrance to the new Army Headquarters.

On December 23, 2019, on a conceptual notion of Lieutenant General Silva inaugurated Thuru Mithuru - Nawa Ratak project (Phase - 1) by planting 170 ‘Araliya’ saplings along the Denzil Kobbekaduwa Road in Battaramulla up to Sri Jayewardenepura Army Headquarters.

On January 14, the Phase - 2 in line with the government’s ‘Saubhagye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour) policy statement of the President, the Army re-ploughed an abandoned and unattended 12 acreage of paddy fields, owned by the Sri Jayewardenepura Army HQ to sow indigenous paddy varieties.

On the same day, 140 saplings of ‘Mee’, ‘Karanda’ and ‘Koboneela’ were planted on either sides of the road (about 1.7 km) that leads to the Army Headquarters.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Officers, Officers and Other Ranks were present.

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