Let’s face it, this is another area where the rich have more fun and the poor have to do with ITN false propaganda, alcohol or drugs or Galle Face for an evening’s entertainment. I was hoping the Govt. would be a little magnanimous and open up the 20 acres on the East side of the Beira to the people for lungs of Colombo, but no, greed got in the way and they are busy selling the land for commissions, to build shopping complexes, offices and hotels.
The rich can go to Bangkok for a weekend of fun. Why can’t they have it in Colombo? Remember whilst 60% of those living in Colombo live in substandard accommodation in “Wattes” and the politicians continue to pander for their vote with false promises, but the need of the hour is different.
With the expectation of the GNP per capita in Colombo MC limits expected to top US$10,000, there is NO real entertainment zone. So how about move the Casinos to Kalpitiya and make DR Wijewardene Mawatha a super entertainment zone, with Cinemas, restaurants catering to all income levels, children’s play area and actually a 24hr fun zone where people can go and enjoy their hard earned rupees with their wives, girl friends and families (sorry if I sound sexist here, it is purely unintentional) Public transport must also be provided in comfortable safe lit up AC buses and vans to get people to areas at night, as even today, night public transport in Sri Lanka is almost non-existent.
Of course there will be a few night clubs and bars too, and why shouldn’t our citizens enjoy some fun, when only the wealthy have the chance today, by either going to 5 star hotels or overseas.
This zone can be properly planned using the examples from other east Asian neighbors, and even India that now have thriving entertainment hot spots for the locals. WE DO NOT HAVE A PLACE IN COLOMBO, TO HAVE SOME FUN WITH OUR FRIENDS AFTER A TIRING WEEK OF WORK, AND BE ABLE TO GET HOME WITHOUT BEING FLEECED!!
Whilst I am aware of a large Muslim community in Colombo, who would also like to have somewhere to go, so there could be a section in the zone that avoids Haram practices for their benefit and also have 24hr shopping centers to cater to those shopaholics in Colombo who are unable to find a place at midnight. It is no use pretending that people in the main commercial city of a Country must be tucked in bed at 8 to suit the double standards of some who preach to us.