A special project for the development of Galle District cities such as Galle, Hikkaduwa and Weligama, has been initiated under the Strategic Urban Planning Programme sponsored by the World Bank, Project Director Champika de Silva said.
He was addressing the Galle District Coordinating Committee (DCC) meeting at Halle De Galle.
As the initial phase of the project, planned by the Moratuwa University, Moragoda Canal Development, the drainage system within the Galle Municipality, upgrading Gamini Mawatha and Havelock Road and expansion of the Oruppuwatte market area are in progress, the Director added.
The meeting, which was the first Galle DCC under the new government, was co-chaired by Vocational Training and Skills Development Minister Piyasena Gamage, Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake and Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva.
"A new political culture has emerged in the country now. We should shun all political and personal differences to work for the masses. Let us all get together and cooperate to develop Galle," the minister urged.
Southern Provincial Councillor and Galle District Parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara, Southern Provincial Councillors Wijepala Hettiarachchi and Asoka Danawansa also spoke.