Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hamba Stadium

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MUMBAI – While the Indian cricket board has already commenced readying the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the 2011 World Cup, to be co-hosted by the BCCI, SLC and BCB, the Sri Lankan cricket officials have commissioned the services of Colombo-based M/s. Surath Wickramasinghe Associates (Pvt.) Ltd for the construction of a new international cricket stadium in Hambantota.According to a recent media report, an international stadium was to be built at Kalutara, which is behind scheduled completion by two years. But, the architect designing the new Hambantota stadium promises its completion in record time of 10 months.Speaking to this paper over his mobile from Colombo, architect Surath Wickramasinghe said, “I am confident enough that the construction of the stadium will be completed well before the World Cup matches”.The architect hopes that the stadium will be one of the best in Asia on par with the Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai), Lord’s (London) and MCG (Melbourne), the stadia he has visited to prepare a blue print for the stadium at Hambantota.“The Hambantota stadium will be able to accomodate 30,000 people on completion and it will take around 10 months to complete the same”, he further added.Surath Wickramasinghe Associates (Pvt) Ltd. is a pre-eminent multi-disciplinary consultancy practice established in 1971. Over the last thirty-seven years, it has acquired wide experience in the design and construction of buildings and development projects. Their clients include the SLC, Airport Authority of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan army, navy and police amongst others. Interestingly, the same architect had designed the 17,000 seater Rangiri Stadium at Dambulla, which was completed in six months time. (

Kinniya Bridge

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the Sri Lanka’s longest bridge, the Kinniya bridge in Trincomalee yesterday (October 20) which was built at a cost of Rs.790 million. Three hundred and ninety six meter long and 10 meter wide bridge linked Trincomalee with Kinniya enabling civilians to cross the Kinniya lagoon to reach Kinniya and Muttur areas. It provides 7.4 meters width for vehicles and 1.5 meters for pedestrians(

Dehiwala Flyover open for Business!

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Highways and Road Development Minister T.B. Ekanayake said that the new bridge will pave the way for easy movement of 40,000 vehicles daily.He also said that it was a common scene that heavy traffic congestion during rush hours on the Galle road at the Dehiwala junction and the government went for this mega development work at a cost of Rs.920 million which has been funded by the UK Government.The two-lane flyover is 337 meters in length and 7.35 meters in width. Construction of the flyover commenced on July 7 of this year. Mabey and Johnson Company of the UK and Access Engineering Ltd in Sri Lanka handled the construction work which was supervised by the Road Development Authority. (

It would be great to see someone doing a study on the effect of this flyover on the Dehiwala node.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Safari Park at Ridiyagama

How similar is this to the Pinnawala Zoo proposal huh? fishy fishy..
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