COLOMBO (NewsRadio); President Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced that a Cabinet sub-committee will be appointed to implement the Surbana Jurong plan for the development of the Western Province and a new agency will also be established for this purpose.
During a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, President Wickremesinghe stressed the need for comprehensive development in the Western Province through a formal city development plan, stating that informal development could become uncontrollable.
The Western Province contributes about 50 per cent to the country’s economy, making its development crucial.
The President’s Media Division said the Head of State instructed officials to present the development plan for the Eastern Province to the Cabinet.
The President also reminded everyone that the first plan related to the development of the Western Province was presented by Minister Indika Gunawardena in 1997 but was never implemented.
The plan presented by Surbana Jurong Company in Singapore in 2004 also suffered a similar fate.
The President urged officials to discuss the revised plan proposed by the company in 2015 and come to an urgent decision on the basic development plan needed for the Western Province, with further amendments if necessary.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe was presented with the main development plan proposed to be implemented in the Western Province through the Urban Development Authority, and officials also discussed the release of land and land acquisition for the implementation of development works.
The PMD said President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed officials to speed up the work.
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Prasanna Ranatunga, Bandula Gunawardena, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Nalin Fernando, Member of Parliament Yadamini Gunawardena, Presidential Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake, Presidential Senior Adviser on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardane, President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake and a group of government officials including ministry secretaries attended the discussion.