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President entrusts UDA to expedite AIUDP work

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has entrusted the implementation of the proposed Anuradhapura Integrated Urban Development Project (AIUDP) to the Urban Development Authority(UDA) to expedite work.

Recently North Central Governor Maheepala Herath pointed out in a meeting the slow pace of construction of the project for which the French Agency for Development (AFD) provides financial assistance worth Rs.10,000 million (Euro 52 million) with a Government investment of Rs. 2040 million. It was learnt that for a period of nearly three years since the project’s inauguration in 2017, no major construction work has commenced except for providing residential facilities and the payment of salaries and other remunerations for the consultants etc. incurring a loss of around Rs. 280 million. At the inception of the project, development activities were handled under the Strategic CIties Development programme.

A delegation of the AFD recently visited Anuradhapura New City and the Sacred City Area on a observation tour for collecting first hand information and paid special attention for social and environmental safety aspects of the development project. The delegation approved 11 new development proposals being included in the investment plan under rescheduling.

UDA Senior Director General, town planner H.A. Dayanandha has been appointed the Project Director while UDA North Central Provincial Director, town planner H.W. Somaratne as the Additional Project Director to accelerate work on the project.

Additional Project Director town planner, H.W. Somaratne told the Daily News that construction work pertaining to seven sub-projects are in progress under three stages.

It includes the landscaping of the Anuradhapura “Lion Piller” and the construction of Railway Plasa public square opposite the Anuradhapura main railway station, the development of parking facilities at the Sri Maha Bodhi, installation of information boards of the historic monuments and the restructuring and modernisation of Anuradhapura “Surapura” Open Air Theatre, the SLBC’S Anuradhapura Rajarata Sevaya Open Air Theatre and the landscaping along the two sides of Dharmapala Mawatha.

Somarathne said that Rs.604.85 million has been allocated for the work. He said that in addition approval of the AFD has been sought for the purchase of six compactors for systemizing the city garbage disposal.

He said the project included city road development, construction of sewerage systems, rehabilitation of ancient tanks situated within the city and suburbs, provision of sanitation facilities at the Atamasthana, a circular bus service around the Sacred City and the development of the city’s rain water disposal canals system.

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