The renovated "Eighty Club" (80 Club) at Independence Avenue, Colombo 07 was declared open by the Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa last night (21st October). The Prime Minister illuminated the premises and unveiled the plaque symbolizing the official opening.
"Eighty Club" (80 Club) was named after the Room 80 at the Queen’s Hotel, Kandy where the inaugural first meeting was held. The club was later established at the Independence Avenue property. Followed by 1971 uprising, then government handed over the property to Sri Lanka Army. In 1978 , the "Eighty Club" (80 Club) was re-licensed under the government and land Reforms Commission maintained the property until it was taken over by UDA in November 2020 who then moved to renovate the property.
After the comprehensive refurbishment and restoration, the Eighty Club has got a luxurious and stunning finish today.
Retired Major General Udaya Nanayakkara- Chairman of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) presented the "Eighty Club" (80 Club) information leaflet to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister presented a souvenir to the Navy Commodore S.H. Balasuriya to applaud the successful completion of the refurbishment and restoration works by the Sri Lanka Navy.
This project was implemented on the instructions of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Urban Development & Housing. The government plans to further enhance the facilities and provide star class hospitality in parallel to the Waters Edge Hotel (also managed by UDA).
Hon. Johnston Fernando- Minister of Highways, Hon. (Dr.) Nalaka Godahewa- State Minister of Urban Development, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness, Mr. Roshan Goonetileke- Hon Governor of the Western Province, Mr. Sirinimal Perera- Secretary Ministry of Urban Development & Housing, Plnr. Mr. N.P.K.Ranaweera- Director General of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and distinguish guests were also present at the occasion.