New Chairman and Director General for Urban Development Authority

Change the Position of Chairman and Director General – Urban Development Authority We wish to inform you that the Chairman and Director General of this Authority have been resigned from their positions with effect from 13 January 2015 and details of newly appointed Chairman and Director General are as follows.


Position: Chairman
Name: Ranjit Michael Samual Fernando
Address: 7th Floor, Urban Development Authority, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla
Contact Details 011 2873645 /
Position: Director General
Name: Nayana Nadeesha Mawilmada
Address: 6th Floor, Urban Development Authority, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla
Contact Details 011 2883301 /


Also, please note that the changes in the Board of Management of Urban Development Authority will be informed as soon as these appointments are made.


Colombo City and Subs Garbage going to be Solid Waste to Puttalam

For the first time in Sri Lanka history, the Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) will transport garbage as part of a solid-waste disposal project in which garbage will be collected from Colombo City and the suburbs. The garbage will be disposed at a site in Aruakkalu in Puttalam under a newly formulated Municipal Solid Waste Disposal System.

Government was looking forward this project as environmentally acceptable and economically feasible solid waste management project for some time to dispose the solid waste collected in the Colombo City and the suburbs such as Nugegoda, Kaduwela, Moratuwa, Ratmalana, Mt. Lavinia, Ja-Ela and Kolonnawa.

At present 700 metric tons of solid waste is collected in Colombo each day while 1,200 metric tons are collected from other urbanized local authorities.

World Vision developed a Five-year-plan for Wattala Urban Development Programme

The World Vision gas developed a next five-year plan of the Wattala Urban Development Programme in their recent meeting at office of World Vision Lanka.

The discussions were held at Ananda Reception hall in Wattala recently.

Floating market, latest attraction in Colombo

The construction of the floating market at Bastian Mawatha, which is part of the Colombo City Development Project, implemented by the Urban Development Authority is complete.

Thousands of people including foreigners visiting Colombo can buy products at this market where 92 stalls have been set up to sell local products.

This floating market also targets foreign tourists interested in purchasing local products. Vendors who operate in the area adjacent to the market without any facilities will have stalls at this market.

A restaurant where food is served has also been set up with modern public facilities. The public can enjoy food here with a breathtaking view of the Beira lake in a lush and green environment.

The area adjacent to the market complex has modem sanitary facilities and a vehicle parking area. This part of the Beira Lake was earlier covered with unauthorised constructions.

The floating market project is implemented as a part of the Colombo City Development Project by the Urban Development Authority on the directive of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The construction was carried out by the Sri Lanka Army and the Navy. The construction activities were carried out under the supervision of UDA Chairman Nimal Perera and Director General Harshan De Silva and Additional Director General Brigadier Samantha Jayasundera. Chartered Architect Thushari Kariya-wasam is in charge of the overall designing and the management of the project.

A floating market on the Beira, Colombo

The first ever floating market in the county is to be declared open soon, the Urban development Authority (UDA) said.

The market situated in Pettah is being constructed on the Bara Lake adjacent to Bastian Mawatha in Pettah.

The UDA had earlier plumed to open the market before the Sinhala & Tamil New Year but numerous requests mate by vendors asking more time to resettle had delayed the market from opening.

In response to the vendors’ request the UDA had directed that more time be given to vendors to continue business as a relocating process immediately before the New Yea may adversely  affect their businesses.

Selected vendors from the Olcott Mawatha in Pettah would be relocated in the market that would have 92 shops of which 78 would be allocated to local businessmen and remainder to exclusive brands.

A high end restaurant is also being established in the waters, previously media reports on the market stated that priority would be given to leather, brass, musical items, hand bags, shoes and also fruits and fancy item. When allocating shops in the market, the timber decks and bridges have been built to facilitate trading.

350 metres Lotus Tower on progress to be the tallest in Lanka

The Lotus Tower that Is being constructed down D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha has reached a height of 50 metres now.

The telecommunication regulatory official stated that feasibility studies for the second, phase of the project are ongoing with the finalisations to structural drawings. It will take another one or two months for the feasibility studies to be completed. Once that is done, the papers will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

The second phase of the project will have a massive car park and shopping mall and is being designed by the University of Moratuwa.

The first phase of the project that the ongoing construction is being funded by a loan obtained from a Chinese bank.

With communication towers, museums, food courts and administrative offices, the tower would be a communication hub for both public and private sectors. The Lotus Tower will stand 350 metres in height and will be the tallest building in the country once completed.

30,000 Houses by 2015 for Low Income earners in Colombo Srilanka at an affordable price – Prices attached

Authority (UDA) is to begin constructing seven new housing schemes in Colombo for low- income earners.

The authority said its target was 10,000  housing units under the new phase which is scheduled to be completed within 18 months. The project at Applewatta, Maligawatta, Aluth Mawatha in Mattakkuliya Madampitiya. Kimbulala, Bloemendhal and Torrington have been given to local construction companies such as MAGA, Tudawe Brothers, Access, Sierra, State Engineering Corporation, Sanken and CML MTD.

UDA official stated four new housing schemes are to be completed at Aluth Mawatha. Mattakkuliya and one each at the other sites. The houses are being built on plots of land that have been released after a number of low-income earners were resettled in recently completed government housing schemes.

Further stated that while the construction cost of one unit would be Rs. 3.5 million the complete cost of a housing unit including the cost of equipment electricity and a water supply would cost the authority Rs. 6.8 million each. The families relocated in these schemes would have to make an initial payment of Rs. 50,000 and Rs.3,000 each to cover the cost of construction.

The UDA has a target of constructing 30,000 housing units by 2015.  Constructing housing schemes around the city have been a part of a large scale Colombo redevelopment plan. The project looks into issues such as flooding, garbage, the lack of open spaces and usable pavements. We have already resolved most of & them. Housing for low-income earners is the only one remaining to be resolved.

The UDA said that studies showed that there were 68,812 low-income houses in Colombo. “40,000 of them are not fit for living. We started constructing 14,000 housing units in 2011 and the construction of 10,000 is to began,  We hope to complete 30,000 units by 2015.

Wi-Fi to all redevelopment under UDA

Free Wi-Fi facilities will be available in all areas and buildings constructed and redeveloped by the Urban Development Authority (UDA).

The UDA said that it had partnered with Sri Lanka Telecom to upgrade and provide state-of-the-art telecommunication facilities to all its redevelopment projects in the country. LED screens providing information to the public and for advertising purposes will also be setup under the project.

The Rs. 60 million projects will provide the public access to free Wi-Fi at locations such as the Dutch Hospital. Race Course and the former Attorney-General’s building which is being redeveloped as a shopping complex. The authority said that Race Course complex would be the first to be provided with Wi-Fi facilities and LED screens providing information and for advertising purposes.

UDA redevelopment projects within Colombo will be provided with these facilities under the initial stage of the project. Similar facilities will also be provided for other redevelopment projects across the country soon.

Colombo Fish Market to Colombo Gold Center – Cover Story of Reformation of Mallu Kadde to Good Centre

The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development announced that the conversion of the former Pettah fish market into a gold centre was almost complete and it would be opened shortly.

The building which housed the former fish market which was shifted to Peliyagoda has been converted to a five-storey complex to house gems, jewellery and gold stores.

The Rs.400 million projects undertaken by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) is to provide better infrastructure and security facilities to the trade. Both local and foreign businesses are expected to be set up in the new building. The authority said that the Gems and Jewellery Authority would also have a stall in the premises to authenticate gems and jewellery items purchased by customers.

The ministry said renovations which began in 2012 were to be completed by October 2014 and that the building would comprise 85 commercial spaces, two banks, a food court and a parking lot with modern facilities for 700 vehicles.

While the UDA were the architectural consultants for the project, the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) was the engineering consultant. The construction of the building has been carried out by the Army.