Sri Lanka Cricket has cleared a major hurdle to build a state of the art modern cricket stadium in Padukka area, near the national satellite earth station.
Since the land comes under the jurisdiction of the Sri Lanka Telecom two bodies were engaged a long dispute over the construction of the proposed stadium.
The SLC and SLT have now reportedly agreed on the formula to give the nation its most modern cricket facility. An MoU has been signed for a period of 18 years.
The SLC administration has taken steps to build a fully equipped cricket ground in the Padukka area as part of a program to address the national level cricket stadium problem.
Sri Lanka Cricket as part of the deal will build a stadium in land adjoining the Sri Lanka Telecom campus in Padukka, which is affiliated to Sri Lanka Telecom.
The stadium will be built on a 36-acre campus and in several stages. In the first phase, the field will be prepared to construct the stadium. Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) will be in charge of preparing the basic structure and the onus to transform it into a fully-equipped cricket stadium shall rest with SLC.
The SLC shall be responsible for the construction of the main pitch, six drains, drainage system, modern stadiums, and side training grounds. A joint committee of the SLC and SLT will be responsible for managing the facility.
SLC shall be responsible for the maintenance of the stadium, which will also be used by the SLT and its affiliates.
Sri Lanka Telecom Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena and SLC Hon Secretary Mohan de Silva have inked the MoU at the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters.
Ranjith Rubasinghe, CEO of the Sri Lanka Telecom campus; Ranjith Gunawardena, Director of Operations of the Sri Lanka Telecom; Miran Fernando, Head of the Legal Division of the Institute; Mahesh de Silva, Head of Finance; Ravin Wickramaratne, Vice President of Sri Lanka Cricket; National Cricket Development Center Head Kamal Dharmasiri and Executive Committee Member and International Cricket Committee of the Project Secretariat also participated in the SUJEEWA Godaliyadda.