Development of Thurstan College Ground at Bauddhaloka Mawatha PDF Print

Development of Thurstan College Ground at Bauddhaloka Mawatha


You may be aware that Thurstan has been given 5 acres and 20 perches of the
most prime real estate in Sri Lanka for its playground. This is situated in
the heart of Colombo 7 and at conservative estimate of Rs. 2 million a
perch, it is worth more than 1680 million rupees (840 perches). We have had
title possession of this ground for the last 8 years. During this period we
have cleared the side developed to ground to play rugby only after spending
nearly 6 million rupees. To have a good cricket playing area, we need to
have an underground drainage system, as the water table is very high and the
level of the ground is below the road level as in most grounds in this area.

The estimate for the re-development of the ground, which is phase one of

this program is as follows. Phase 2 will be construction of a Pavilion
,Thurstanites Club House and phase 3 and Indoor Gymnasium to play badminton,
basket ball, squash etc,


Cost of 5 centre turfs and matting wicket   700000
Cost of 3 side turfs, matting wicket and concrete wicket300000
Cost of leveling and filling   2000000
Cost of concrete drainage with covers around the ground 2100000
Cost of under ground drainage and water supply 2200000
Cost of turfing for the rest of the ground2000000


We commenced this task with less than half the amount with us in the express
belief that Thurstanites both locally and abroad will rally round to find
the Rs. 6 millions that we are short.  This is done under the design and
super vision of old boy engineer Nihal Sooriarachchi of the central
engineering consultancy bureau( CECB) and the contractor water and
engineering private limited  The strategy to find the funds is as follows,
We want this to be a team effort of all Thurstanites, where the contributors
could be proud that they too were involved in this project.

* 600 old boys in Sri Lanka to contribute at Rs. 5000 each = 3000000

* 150 old boys living abroad to contribute at USD. 200 each = 3000000         



Thurstan College OBU Ground Development Fund

Those who are interested in donating funds for the Thurstan College Ground Fund can remit to the bank account below.

Peoples Bank Thimbirigasyaya - A.C-1650056451

 The International SWIFT CODE for People's Bank is PSBKLKLX 023.
Current Situation


We have completed the construction of the centre turf and matting wickets together with side practice wickets. The space construction of the peripheral drain is almost completed together with toilet blocks. We are in the midst of filling of the ground with earth.


Due to the lukewarm response of old boys, due to lack of funds we have decided to do away with the constructions of the underground drainage system which would have cost Rs. 2 million.


We are in need of another Rs. 3 million to plant grass and complete phase one of the project.


We have collected only approximately Rs. 2 million from about 150 old boys both in Sri Lanka and abroad. Our target was Rs. 6 million. This money collected will be used for  filling and leveling.


Hence to complete the balance another Rs. 3 million is needed. We appeal to our old boys who have not yet contributed, to lend a helping hand so that we could complete and make the ground available for playing in end of 2004.