A Cultural Centre will be set up to exhibit the cultural treasures of Ruhuna to the world.
Minister T.B. Ekanayake said that the work in this connection has been initiated according to the Mahinda Chintana policy. The Minister said that a good puppet show cannot be viewed even in the south. Therefore centres have to be set up for the purpose. He said that it will facilitate school children, university students, researchers and traditional artistes to use modern technology. He noted that there is no such centre in the South although a cultural square has already been set up in the Wayamba Province.
The Minister expressed these views at the inauguration of the construction work of the Cultural Centre at Paraliya in Hikkaduwa and the Tsunami Research Centre. The construction will be completed in 4 phases at the expenditure of 352 million rupees. The Cultural Centre will contribute directly towards tourism. It will consist of a number of facilities including library and IT. Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, Parliamentarians Mohan P. de Silva, Ramesh Pathirana and a number of people’s representatives participated in the occasion.