Prez declares open Military Headquarters

President Maithripala Sirisena today declared open the new building of the Sri Lanka Tri-Force Headquarters located in Akuregoda, Battaramulla.

The construction of the new security forces headquarters commenced in 2011.

Sirisena revealed that the state had incurred Rs 42 million as monthly rent to temporarily house the Army Headquarters in various locations until the construction of the new building was completed.

The new Army Headquarters has been constructed with an estimated cost of Rs. 53.3 billion.

After the land housing the Army Headquarters was given away for the Shangri-la and hotel projects, former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa made plans to re-establish the security forces building in Battaramulla.

Pictures by Krishna Kariyawasam