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Short of funds delays John de Silva Memorial Theatre renovation

The renovation work of the John de Silva Memorial Theatre in Colombo is to be further delayed owing to the lack of necessary funding, Cultural Affairs Ministry said.

The renovation work of the Theatre was commenced in the year 2011 whereas the government has been deprived of its due income due to the delay in the construction activities of the Theatre.

Although the Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval for expenditure estimate of Rs. 322 million, its actual expenditure was Rs. 422 million.
Hence an estimate of another Rs. 90 million was for the completion of the first phase, for which the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was received.

The renovation activities were delayed due to the delay in receiving allocations and the delay in carrying out other activities and an allocation of another Rs. 1 billion is required for the second phase and it is intended to submit a Cabinet Memorandum to obtain the aforesaid allocation, Ministry announced.

John de Silva Theater and the National Art Gallery will be renovated in keeping with needs of of the 21st century, equipped with state of the art technology.

However the Society for Socialist Art said the Government was planning to privatize John De Silva Memorial Theatre claiming that it did not have the Rs.1000 million needed for the renovation of the theatre.


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