|An artist's impression of Lotus Tower|
The 350-metre high tower building, the promoters claim, will be visible to India and Bangladesh, said the Khaleej Times.
Estimated to cost more than $104 million, the "Lotus Tower" will provide facilities for 50 television services, 50 broadcasting services and 10 telecommunication providers.
In addition to its primary function, the tower podium, which is proposed to be four storeys high, will accommodate a telecommunications museum, food courts, offices, conference hall and exhibition spaces.
Two floors of the 11-storyed multi-faceted tower is also planned to be developed with luxury hotel accommodation, a revolving restaurant accommodating 600 guests on the fourth floor and a banquet hall for over a thousand guests.
Planned to be built in a three hectare land in the heart of Colombo, the Lotus Tower is one of Sri Lanka's many development projects designed to help the country's rapidly growing tourism industry. Since the end of its three-decade conflict, the country is emerging as one of the most popular tourist destinations of the region.
The project, through its telecommunication infrastructure, also aims at eliminating high-powered TV and FM antennae perched atop buildings around Colombo as part of the Government's Colombo beautification plan.
The tower mast, fixed upon the tower head, is arranged to provide a base for antennae of service providers in telecommunication, telecasting, broadcasting, and defence-related transmissions with an antenna installed 350 metres above ground.The Director-General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Anusha Pelpita said there will be a significant development in the television and telecommunications fields.
The Lotus Tower will be the tallest building in South Asia and the 19th tallest building in the world.
The Tokyo Sky Tree with a height of 634 metres, presently being constructed and scheduled to be completed in February, will be the tallest tower in the world followed by the Canton Tower of China with a height of 600 metres.The construction of the Lotus Tower is planned to be completed in 30 months and is funded by EXIM Bank of China.