I will beautify lives of Colombo residents with economic equality – President

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:09 GMT, Dec 22, 2015 |

President Maithripala Sirisena said he would fulfill his responsibility to make the lives of the residents of Colombo beautiful, similar to the beauty of the city, by boosting them economically.

“Though the Colombo has been built as a beautiful city, solutions haven’t been provided to the problems of the poor people who are living in the slums.Hence, it’s the government’s objective to boost all people economically, by minimizing the gap between the people living luxurious lives in the palaces in Colombo and those who are sighing, living in the slums adjacent to those palaces”, he said.

Addressing at the ceremony to felicitate the workers of the Colombo Municipal Council, organized to mark its 150thanniversary on  Monday (Dec. 21), the President emphasized, “We should make an end to the gap between the haves and have nots”.

“The new government has established a separate Ministry to megapolis development. The plan for megapolis development, which is aimed at beautifying of not only the city, but also the lives of its people, will be implemented from next January 08”, the President stated.

Ministers Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, A. H. M. Fowzie, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Dewapriya and MP Hirunika Premachandra also participated in this ceremony.