Dec 01, Colombo: The Dutch Hospital building in Colombo Fort that was built by Dutch colonial rulers in 18th century has been renovated as a modern trade complex.
Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa will declare open the new trade complex tomorrow evening.
Urban Development Authority, which carried out the renovation, has taken steps to conserve the historic value of the dilapidated structure during its conversion to a modern trade complex under the ‘Developing the Colombo City’ project.
The colonial building had suffered heavy damage in the LTTE bombing attack on the adjacent Central Bank building in 1996.
Sri Lanka government has spent around Rs. 100 million for the renovation that was conducted under the supervision of the Archaeological Department.
The new trade complex is expected to be a tourist attraction in Colombo city.