Same is reported in the sundayobserver on sunday 15th Jan 2012
“The construction work on the world`s fifth tallest and South Asia’s tallest multi-functional tower,Lotus Tower will commence on January 20 in the Colombo city.
The construction work is due to be completed within 1 1/2 years and is estimated to cost 104 million US dollars. The 350 m tall tower transmission tower named ‘Lotus tower’ (Nelum Kuluna) structured in the shape of a lotus flower, will be constructed at the eastern end of the Beira Lake in Colombo on a 3.06 hectares plot of land owned by the Urban Development Authority.
It will be a free standing tower with a four storey high podium a concrete tower shaft of moderate diameter eight storeyed tower head and a steel framed antennae mast mounted at the top.
The Tower will provide for telecommunication and leisure activities, and will facilitate the relaying of at least 50 separate broadcasting and telecasting services, provide facilities for about 10 service providers in telecommunication and relaying of defence signals, and in addition indirectly contribute to the riddance and removal of high power TV and FM antenna innumerably located at various buildings in the Colombo city.
Apart from facilities related to multi-functional telecommunication activities, the tower podium will also accommodate a telecommunication museum, food courts,administrative offices, exhibition spaces and corresponding amenities.
The Tower shaft will be a hollow concrete cylinder accommodating high speed lifts and stairs for vertical circulations, and ducts for various types of building services. The Tower head will comprise eight floor levels accommodating an observation deck,revolving restaurant, banquet hall for 1,000 guests and two floors of super luxury hotel accommodation along with facilities for building services, which will include fire detection, fire fighting, overhead storage tanks and telecommunication instruments,equipment and so on”
A photo (unverified) was posted in skyscrapercity.com Sri lanka forum suggesting the grounclearance activities for the nelum kuluna project is well underway.