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Sri Lanka embarks on a novel sustainable plan for Nuwara Eliya

By: Staff Writer

Colombo (LNW):Sri Lanka government will be devising a novel sustainable plan for envisaged integrated development of the Nuwara Eliya District giving priority to transform the Municipal Council area and part the Pradeshiya Sabha areas.

The previous development plans introduced in 2019 by the former Megapolis & Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka and 2021 development project plan introduced under ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be reviewed when formulating the new plan.

The development plan for the Greater Nuwara Eliya Area prepared for the period 2022 – 2032, using modern planning tools and methodologies devised under Minister Prsanna Ranatunge will be revised under this new initiative.

However only the sustainable proposals in these plans will be taken up for consideration when preparing the present novel plan, informed official sources said.

The ongoing Health System Enhancement Project in Nuwara Eliya will be continued with Asian Development Bank assistance.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe directed officials to devise the novel formal plan aimed at maximizing the contribution of the Nuwara Eliya District, a major tourist city, to the Sri Lankan Government’s program to establish a stable economy within a four-year timeframe.

This directive was issued by the President during a discussion held at the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat yesterday morning, the President’s Media Division reported.

The discussion also included the unveiling of the Nuwara Eliya New Town Development Plan and the Nuwara Eliya Tourism Plan, which were attended by political authority and government officials from the Nuwara Eliya District.

The President emphasized the importance of developing the Nuwara Eliya District as a striking city that can attract tourists throughout the year, targeting both local and foreign tourists.

He explained that the plans should prioritize creating a pleasant environment for tourists to relax, rather than focusing on constructing large buildings.

He also pointed out that the absence of a formal system for rainwater drainage in Nuwara Eliya City is a longstanding issue, and he urged officials to implement an urgent program to address this problem. Additionally, he directed special attention to solving the problem of drinking water in the area.

Mr. Wickremesinghe further explained that new buildings in the Nuwara Eliya City should be built according to a proper plan limiting the number of floors only to four, rather than constructing buildings haphazardly.

He emphasized that the city has suffered due to the construction of large buildings and that officials should consider whether to turn it into a bustling metropolis like New York or maintain its identity as Nuwara Eliya.

The President highlighted the likelihood of an increase in tourist arrivals to Nuwara Eliya with the completion of the Central Expressway and stressed the importance of developing facilities in accordance with a proper plan.

He also emphasized that no party or investor should be allowed to damage the resources of the Nuwara Eliya District, and that all development should be environmentally friendly and well-planned.

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