Sustainable towns for Lanka

  • 19 Mar 2010 05:12:52 GMT

    People come to invest in this `Country in the Jungle`?, where no law, no democracy, no humanrights. It is in words only. I believe now as not a single foreign countries and organizations and western unions accepted this `Thug Government` now they are appling a new `Song` to get some funds from `Foreign Investors`, only `Kondebandapu Cheennu` will come to invest `Srilanka`, with this foolish government.

    (CORRECTION TO MY PREVIOUS STATEMENT)

  • 19 Mar 2010 12:06:49 GMT

    Meeharaka,

    [where no law, no democracy, no humanrights. ]

    Go to China and see how democratic that country is, but those guys own America`s a55.

  • 19 Mar 2010 13:00:49 GMT

    Sagarythuma, you are ignoring the fact that apart from Chinese, Indians, Malaysians, middle-east countries, Germany and many others have recently invested heavily in Sri Lanka. UK`s London Stock Exchange bought Millenium IT because of it`s clever trading system. Even TNA said the other day that Tamil diaspora are keen to invest in the North and East. Where have you been living in the past year, in an Al Qaeda cave without access to TV or newspapers?

  • 19 Mar 2010 14:00:31 GMT

    [Sustainable towns for Lanka]

    Sustainability and Green are Great!

    But they have become the buzzwords of business people, whose sole intention is to prey on the desires and fears of the end-users. A large percentage of today`s proposals for `Energy Efficient`, `Sustainable` or `Green` project proposals are nothing but schems hoodwinking the customers to make a fast buck.

    [Thirty thousand apartments will come up to settle these people]

    This is a good idea. However, thirty thousand apartments in 26 Acres means a huge complex of high rise buildings. Building apartments is one thing, managing them for the rest of their operating life is another. However, I do not believe that Colombo Municipality has the infrastructure to enforce standards to properly manage such large properties housing huge communities. Even if it has, the prevalent level of, inefficiency, corruption and politicizing will effectively cripple the operation. Such a huge complex, or even one high-rise apartment building, can become VERY UNSAFE without a methodical operating system where certain standards on Fire Safety, Mechanical systems such as vertical transportaion, structurral integrity, Health & Safety are enforced by Law thus holding the operating agencies strictly responsible. One can hardly expect such efficiency or effectiveness with the CMC.

    For example:

    [Obstacles faced by private sector investors will be looked into and addressed, Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said]

    Minister Gunwardena was christianed in his relationships with private sector by an illicit liquor dealer in his Maharagama Electorate in the early 1980s. He is all out to develop his lucrative relationships with the private sector.

  • 19 Mar 2010 15:51:36 GMT

    DONP, you might be justifiably cynical bout the messenger Gunawardena, but something has got to be done about shanties in Colombo by th epublic sector, not the Private sector. Perhaps, they should invite Singaporeans to develop Colombo, but run it in partnership with the Municipality.

  • 20 Mar 2010 00:04:32 GMT

    No Worries,

    The Apartments should come up. That is already long overdue. And it is a good housing solution for a densly populated place. No contest.

    The only problems I forsee are,

    Firstly, this huge apartment complex should be methodically and properly operated and managed for the whole of their life. That may be over a hundred years to come. Or else, they can become huge health and safety hazards in no time - real threats to human lives and safety. We know that CMC cannot manage a supermarket complex properly. They do not have the knowledge and/or the willingness to do it, and if you ask them, there is nothing that they do not know. Here, you are absolutely correct.

    [Perhaps, they should invite Singaporeans to develop Colombo, but run it in partnership with the Municipality]

    To achieve what is described above, there must be swift law enforcement in place for minimum operating standards on Life Safety, Health, qualification of trades etc., and to ensure that the minimum standards are maintained and the costs of the operating agencies` responsibilities are not passed over to tenants along with a profit margin. I do not have to tell you that it is how municipalities world over ensure that the minimum standards are maintained.

    I bet my evey penny that these are not questions for the politicians to worry about right now.

    Now, rogues like Dinesh Gunawardena are only interested in that part of the deal which can make them wealthy - Not on the part discussed above. The entreprenuers flocking around him know that only too well.

    That is the sad situation.