A huge project to develop the Sri Lankan capital Colombo is going to be implemented by the Sri Lankan military, in an attempt to minimise costs to the government.
"The construction work will be entrusted to the engineering services divisions of the Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air Force so that construction costs would be kept to the minimum," Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said on Thursday.
Several parts of Colombo are marked for modernisation, including several markets and bus stand complex.
Referring to the recommendations in the recent LLRC, which suggested the removal of the military from civilian life, Rambukwella said that this did not apply in this case.
The renovation project is headed by the Urban Development Agency, which is controlled by the defence secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse.