Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is undergoing a face lift in an effort to revive the economy and disperse the population of the crowded commercial centre.
GV People and traffic in streets of Colombo (2 shots)
SV & GV People buying and selling goods in market (2 shots)
GV & SV Poor housing areas of Colombo (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Poorer quality house TO new low cost housing
GV PAN & GV Construction under way in development area and workers (5 shots)
GV ZOOM New housing development area (5 shots)
GV Old parliament building surrounded by new building developments (3 shots)
GV ZOOM SVs New Parliament building with people on walkway in foreground (2 shots)
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Background: Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is undergoing a face lift in an effort to revive the economy and disperse the population of the crowded commercial centre. The government is pushing ahead with ambitious housing projects, particularly in the poorer districts. The administrative capital itself is being shifted to a new area known as Sri Jayawardanapura, eight kilometres (five miles) from Colombo. The new parliament building is already in use and new office blocks are mushrooming across the skyline, still silhouetted by massive tower cranes. The modern parliamentary complex is the nucleus around which the new capital will grow in an area of more than 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres)....three times the size of Colombo itself. The planning of the new capital started only two or three years ago, and the whole process of shifting will take about 20 years.