Tourist hotspots in Sigiriya to be developed under nine areas
Steps will be taken to develop Sigiriya as a tourist area under nine sub-projects.
This project will be implemented by the Urban Development and Housing Ministry at a cost of US$15 million under the financial support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that the country can generate a lot of income by implementing this project to attract more tourists.
The nine sub projects include new car parks for surrounding villages, improvement of sanitary facilities and the Sigiriya entrance road, establishing an information centre at Sigiriya, conservation of Mapangala archeological site, rehabilitation of Sigiri Lake, establishment of a heritage path from Ramakele to Pidurangala, conservation of the archaeological site surrounding Kaludiya Pond, improvement of infrastructure facilities at Inamaluwa Lake for recreational activities, development of infrastructure for tourist and recreational activities centred on Galewela Lake, and development of a solid waste management system in the Digampathana area.
Minister Ranatunga said that the areas identified in and around Sigiriya will be developed into an eco-friendly tourism zone without the use of plastic during the implementation of this project.
The Minister also advised relevant authorities to take steps to improve the livelihood of the people of the area and to encourage private investments needed for developing Sigiriya as a tourist hotspot.
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