The laying of the foundation stones for the first stage of the technological city planned under the Western Megapolis Project and the opening of the Nano Investigation Laboratory took place under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Pitipana, Homagama.
Foundation stones were laid for five technological centres including a national science centre, a satellite centre and technological universities.
Moratuwa and Sri Jayawardenapura Universities and the Arthur C. Clarke Centre are scheduled to launch science and technology projects affiliated to the proposed National Science Centre.
The Urban Development Authority will provide 25 acres each for building the three universities and 10 acres each to the other technological institutes.
The Sri Jayewardenepura University will invest Rs. 7,500 million, Colombo University Rs. 2,096 million, Science and Technology Ministry Rs. 3,000 million and the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Centre will invest Rs. 1,700 million during the first stage.
A total of 1,000 acres have been allocated for the Technological City and the UDA is presently involved in the acquisition of land for this purpose.
The land area covered by the entire project is 1,200 acres. It is planned to build a four lane road complex to Uduwana from the Makumbura exchange of the Southern Expressway to facilitate the development of infrastructure facilities at the Technological City.