The tourist zone including the Udawalawa National Park will be further developed to attract tourists, under the Pura Neguma program of the Mahinda Chintana.
Accordingly, Rs.55 million will be spent for the construction work which is already inaugurated.
Under this development program, the Udawalawa weekly pola will also be given a facelift. In addition, a new library building and information centre for tourists will be set up. The road complex will also be renovated, the project director said.
The Udawala elephant transit home is also drawing local and foreign tourists.
Sri Lanka has been rescuing orphaned baby elephants for over 50 years with state patronage. The elephant transit home at Udawalawa is a part of the drive to save the island's endangered jumbos.
The veterinary surgeons say that the mortality rate of jumbos brought to the elephant transit home has decreased to 15 percent from 40 percent due to improved medicine and equipment. The jumbos wounded and orphaned in the forest due to various reasons are brought to this elephant transit home and released to the wild when they are fit.
A foster parent program is also conducted at this elephant transit home through which donors can help jumbos.
Meanwhile, the Ayurveda hospital and research centre at Hambantota has proved to be a boon to lower income group families as it supplies services and medicines free of charge.
It also has a full-fledged herbal garden for research activities with a qualified batch of Ayurveda physicians and staff dedicated to their service.
The centre also provides specialist Ayurveda treatment free of charge. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa was the person instrumental in setting up this institution.
Meanwhile, a large sum has been received from the World Bank for the prevention of floods in the Tissamaharama DS area, District Secretary, Hambantota R. C. De Soysa said.
He said a project will be inaugurated to divert excess water of the Yoda Wewa to the sea to prevent floods. The construction work will commence this year.
Soysa said during torrential rains, Yoda Wewa fills up to the brim causing floods. Soysa added that paddy fields in the area are inundated due to floods causing destruction to the paddy cultivation.
Meanwhile, the new ASP office, Tissamaharama was opened by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa in the presence of IGP N. llangakoon, recently.
Police stations at Tissamaharama, Lunugamwehera, Kataragama, Mattala International Airport Police post and Kirinda Police post come under the purview of the Tissamaharama ASP office. The ASP at this office is ASP B. Uudugamasuriya.