Renovated ‘80 Club’ opens under PM’s patronage

Urban Development Authority (UDA) Chairman Retired Major General Udaya Nanayakkara presented the ‘Eighty Club’ (80 Club) information leaflet and a memento to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after the opening of the renovated ‘Eighty Club’ (80 Club) at Independence Avenue, Colombo 7 on Thursday.

The renovated ‘Eighty Club’ (80 Club) at Independence Avenue, Colombo 7 was declared open by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday. The Prime Minister switched on the illuminations at the premises and unveiled the plaque symbolizing the official opening.

‘Eighty Club’ (80 Club) was named after the Room 80 at the Queen’s Hotel, Kandy where the inaugural first meeting was held. The club was later established at the Independence Avenue property.

Following the 1971 uprising, the then Government handed over the property to the Sri Lanka Army. In 1978, the ‘Eighty Club’ (80 Club) was re-licensed under the Government and the Land Reforms Commission maintained the property. The Urban Development Authority took over the property in November 2020 and renovated the building.

After the comprehensive refurbishment and restoration, the Eighty Club has got a luxurious and stunning finish.

Urban Development Authority (UDA) Chairman Retired Major General Udaya Nanayakkara presented the ‘Eighty Club’ (80 Club) information leaflet to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister presented a souvenir to Navy Commodore S.H. Balasuriya to applaud the successful completion of the refurbishment and restoration work by the Sri Lanka Navy.

This project was implemented on the instructions of the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of Urban Development & Housing. The Government plans to further enhance the facilities and provide star class hospitality in parallel to the Waters Edge Hotel (also managed by UDA).

Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando, State Minister of Urban Development, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness, Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Goonetileke- Governor of the Western Province, Sirinimal Perera- Secretary Ministry of Urban Development & Housing (Dr.) Nalaka Godahewa, Plnr. N.P.K.Ranaweera- Director General of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and guests were also present.

(dailynews)

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