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The Hong Kong based Shangri-La Group which is already engaged in two hotel projects at Galle Face in Colombo and Hambantota has requested for a further plot of land at Galle Face, says the Urban Development Authority (UDA) Chairman.

During an exclusive interview with UDA Chairman Nimal Perera said that Shangri-La had requested for a further plot of land in close proximity to its present project at Galle Face.

“They have requested for this property for another hotel project. No firm decision has been taken regarding this. They have said they would like to have the property,” said Nimal Perera. recently revealed that the initial plan of the hotel being constructed by Shangri La had been revised to add around 125 additional rooms and that according to the new plan even the high tension electricity cables in close proximity to the site have to be shifted.

The investment for this hotel project had been increased up to USD 450 million.

Preliminary work on this hotel has already begun and it is expected to be completed by 2017.

Meanwhile, the 375 room Shangri-La hotel project in Hambantota has reached its final phase and is to be opened next year as scheduled.

The Shangri-La Group manages more than 80 hotels world-wide under its brand name with more than 34,000 rooms.