Apr 23, 2017

Colombo threatened by high-rise building constructions Featured

Private houses and state buildings located in Colombo city and suburbs are threatened by the high-rise buildings coming up in populated areas in a haphazard manner, construction engineers warn.

This is mainly due to the shock caused by the piling taking place for the foundations of such buildings.

Many Colombo buildings have already developed cracks and some are in danger of caving in.

Construction engineers say that within a few years, several areas of Colombo will cave in due to this situation.

Clifton Girls’ School

A case in point is Clifton Girls’ School at Maligakanda Road, Dematagoda, which is being affected by the piling for the construction of a high-rise building near it.

Engineers inspected the school and said a tragedy worse than the Meethotamulla waste collapse would occur if its buildings gave up with students inside.

The school’s principal has lodged complaint with the UDA regarding the matter, and was told to admit her students to other schools.

No one responsible has come forward to settle the matter, with just days to go for the commencement of the new school term.

UDA’s director general Sumedha Ratnayake said the construction firm has agreed to rebuild the damaged school buildings.

He said the UDA would pay more attention when giving approval for such building constructions.

JR’s house too, damaged

Another high-rise construction at Ward Place in Colombo 07 has caused cracks in the house of the country’s first executive president J.R. Jayewardene.

Complaints to the UDA have been futile.

Fort, Slave Island, Maradana, Cinnamon Gardens, Borella, Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya, Kirulapone, Wellawatte and Narahenpita areas are especially threatened by the construction of high-rise buildings.

Construction engineers say that this situation as well as the removal of sand for the port city will cause a grave threat to Colombo very soon.

When contacted, subject minister Patali Champika Ranawaka blamed this situation for the zone plan approved in 2009, and said a new one would be introduced for the construction of high-rise buildings.

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