Sri Lanka's commercial hub, the city of Colombo is to receive a full facelift in preparation of the 11th International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) scheduled to be held in Colombo from June 3-5.
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is planning on spending Rs 75 million to prepare the Colombo City for the awards ceremony which is to be held at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
CMC Special Commissioner Omar Kamil has reportedly said that the money would be used to give the city a complete facelift for the awards ceremony and two other events that are to be held in conjunction with it.
Most of the funds are to be spent on re-paving the roads in the city.
The other two events are to open a food court at Sathutu Uyana and a night bazaar which will be located at Green Path or Galle Face.
According to Kamil, these events are being organized together with Sri Lanka Tourism to boost tourism and bring in revenue.
IIFA 2010in Colombo is expected to be attended by more than 600 Indian film industry guests and watched by over 600 million TV viewers in 110 nations. The Indian celebrities expected in the country include Shah Rukh Khan and several other leading stars.
However, Indian media reports said holding the awards ceremony in Sri Lanka is in doubts now as the as the Tamil population in Mumbai and Canada has protested and the event's Brand Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan to consider another venue.