Dinesh explains why Nelum Pokuna was named after president


by Ajith Alahakoon and Sirimantha Ratnasekera

Chief Government Whip, Water Supply and Drainage Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday why it had been decided to name the Nelum Pokuna theatre after President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The minister was responding to a query raised by JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as to why the theatre was not named after the world renowned Lankan scholar but after President Rajapaksa.

Minister Gunawardena said: "There were several problems with regard to implementation of this project with China. It had been delayed over those problems. At the time President Rajapaksa assumed duties the project was passing through the stages of its architectural plans getting approval. It was President Rajapaksa who took the initiative to secure the loan facilities and put those plans into action. He also said that several sections should be added and the plans modified accordingly. Therefore, in recognition of the President’s contribution to making the project a reality, the theatre was named after him."

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