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Colombo Fort to become a port city - Ranawaka

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The Colombo Fort will be transformed into a port city and Katunayake will become an airplane city while Malabe will be a technology city under the Western Province Development Programme, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

Minister Ranawaka made this observation yesterday, participating at the World Habitat Day celebrations at Pradeepa Hall, Maligawatte.

Ranawaka said that people tend to go to cities leaving the villages for several reasons, specially people settle down in Western Province as there are better job opportunities. The population in cities have increased with time. Urban development and housing needs are big challenges of the urban community. The government will take measures to settle all the low income dwellers. The former government spent lavishly on unsustainable programmes and levied taxes from people by increasing the prices of Petrol, Diesel and dhal. Lack of communication with the public and failing to understand their needs were few reasons for not being able to implement the programmes which were initiated, the minister said.

The government has taken all measures to develop the provinces in next five years, he said.