The eighth Deyata Kirula exhibition in Kuliyapitiya which concluded on Saturday was marked by a record turnout of visitors. The exhibition commenced on February 21 under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s patronage.
The eight Deyata Kirula exhibition recorded a turnout of over 3.2 million by Saturday evening, the Deyata Kirula exhibition organizing committee sources said, claiming this surpassed all previous Deyata Kirula events in term of attendance.
Considering the huge turnout, the exhibition was extended by two days until Saturday.
This is the highest turnout ever reported at a Deyata Kirula exhibition. This turnout exceeded the earlier record of three million visitors, at the sixth Deyata Kirula in Oyamaduwa, Anuradhapura, Deyata Kirula Exhibition Committee Chairman Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.
A survey at the entrance to the exhibition revealed that more people had come from Kurunegala, Puttalam and Kegalle. Accordingly, 1,809,516 visitors had come from the Kurunegala District, 413,612 from the Puttalam District and 130,380 from the Kegalle District. A significant number of visitors were from the North and the East.
According to the Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, the next Deyata Kirula national development exhibition will be held in the Matara District. The Government will upgrade infrastructure and living standards in the Matara, Galle, Hambantota and Ratnapura districts in line with the ninth Deyata Kirula,” the Prime Minister noted.