Published On:January 23 2009
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New chancery to come up at SL Deputy High Commission

Colombo: The foundation laying ceremony for the new chancery of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai was held in Nungambakkam, an exclusive locality in Chennai.

Though the land for the proposed building was purchased in 2000, the building of the chancery became a reality following the guidance by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the instructions of Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama.

The construction of the chancery building is also in keeping with the objective of the Foreign Affairs Minister, who is keen to reduce the cost of rentals being paid to rented Mission premises in foreign countries, by either buying or constructing Sri Lanka's own buildings overseas.

The construction of the chancery is also in keeping with this objective and long term vision.

The ceremony began with prayers and blessings from religious dignitaries from the Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian faiths and 'pirith' was chanted while the foundation stone was laid by P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India, followed by Nihal Rupasinghe, the Chairman of Central Engineering and Consultancy Bureau (CECB).

Thereafter, addressing the gathering at this joyous occasion, Deputy High Commissioner P. M. Amza referred to the speech made by Foreign Minister Bogollagama on January 1 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating his desire to enhance the presence in Chennai.

Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Amza also pointed that the Mission in Chennai was among the oldest Sri Lanka Missions abroad, which itself a testimony to the long standing and warm relations shared between Sri Lanka and India.

He said the building of the chancery in a prime location in the heart of Chennai city was a milestone and added that with enhanced facilities, the Mission would be able to serve the Sri Lankan nationals in South India and all others who visit the Mission, even better.

The construction is being handled by the CECB and will include the Deputy High Commission and two apartments while a separate construction within the same premises will house the official residence of the Deputy High Commissioner.

The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009.

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