Posted on 10.01.2018 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
It was revealed the road developments for Tech City is planned to attract investors and has not given any regard for requirements of the people living in the area or their life styles.
Additional secretary to the ministry of Mega City and Western Development Mr Madawa Vadyaratne has said road development is part of infrastructure development in the area. Ministry’s media unit trying to promote a positive picture of the project while initially planned to acquire 3250 purches for the development. According to government officials, road developments are not to uplift transport facilities people in the area. Even though the ministry has identified number of roads including Pitipana – Thalagala, Dampe, Uduwana Temple junction, Kahathuduwa – Jambugasmulla and Mahenawatte access have not revealed anything about land acquiring. This road network is plan to attract investors who will expected to be investing in the proposed Tech City, which could destabilise normal lifestyle of the Homagama residents.
Government is tight lipped about the truth behind the road network, which is meant to link major investors expected to invest in Tech City and try to promote actually trying to develop infrastructure required by the people. Mega City development ministry has planned to construct a four-lane road network within the next three years to facilitate Tech City.
Proposed road network will develop 22 new and existing roads without revealing the environmental damage and the land acquition expected in the name of so-called development. Tech City proposed development has not done a feasibility study of any sort and not suggest how to mitigate or rectify impending environmental damage to the area. It is obvious the project is planned to carry out without revealing the facts, which could damage the environment and adversely affect peoples’ lifestyles.
It is also apparent that the ongoing discussion about shifting Technical education from Moratuwa, Jayawardenapura and Colombo universities are part of an agenda to promote higher education commercialised and thereby to create a region where fee levied educational institutions in the proposed development.