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Last modified on: 2/7/2013 12:47:13 PM New Navy Boat Service at Diyawanna Lake

New Navy Boat Service at Diyawanna Lake

Subsequent to the openings of Board Walk Restaurant and the Floating Restaurant, a boat service was ceremonially launched at Diyavanna Lake by Speaker of the Parliament, Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa at the invitation of the Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday evening (6th February).

In addition to the joy of paddle boat rides, visitors would be able to enjoy the thrilling experience of speed boat rides in the Diyawanna Lake. This new facility would entice more crowds to the popular venue.

Three lagoon crafts built by the Navy's Inshore Patrol Craft Construction Project have been deployed for this service. Each craft is powered by two 115 hp OBMs and has seating facilities for 25 persons. A number of safety features have been made available onboard including life belts, life jackets and also the services of qualified life savers and medical personnel to ensure passenger safety.

The boat service will be open for public daily between 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. A concessionary rate of Rs. 50.00 will be charged from students for individual rides while a full package ride will be available for Rs. 2,500.00.

The combined efforts of the Urban Development Authority, Land Reclamation Department and Sri Lanka Navy have transformed the banks of Diyawanna Lake into an eye-catching hotspot.

Hon. Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Members of Parliament, Defence Ministry Officials including the Military Liaison Officer, Chief of National Intelligence, Commander of the Navy, Officials of the Urban Development Authority, State officials and a large gathering was present at the ceremony.

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