ComBank renovates steps at Sri Pada
The Commercial Bank has begun work on renovating two sections of the
steps to the summit of Sri Pada for the benefit of pilgrims who make the
trek up Sri Lanka's holy mountain.
Staff of Commercial Bank inspect a section of the steps to
The Bank's CSR Trust has allocated substantial funds for the project,
which entails repairs to the steps between lamp posts 192 to 212 and 247
to 260, on the stretch leading up to Seetha Gangula.
The work is due to be completed in December, before the next Sri Pada
season. Labour for the project is provided by the Civil Defence Force,
Bank sources said.
This is the second occasion that Commercial Bank has undertaken
restoration of the pathway to the mountain top.
Commercial Bank's Maskeliya Branch is coordinating the project,
liaising with suppliers of building materials and the Civil Defence
Force unit attached to Sri Pada.
The Commercial Bank previously funded the reconstruction of the
pathway between Seetha Gangula and Thenna in 2008. Sri Pada is revered
as a holy site by several religions and annually thousands of pilgrims
climb the steps up this holy mountain to worship. It is of particular
significance to Buddhists due to the belief that the foot print of the
Buddha is imprinted on top of the mountain.
Preserving Sri Lanka's cultural heritage is one of the focus areas of
the CSR Trust of Commercial Bank.
Two of the main projects it has completed in this sphere are the
construction of a museum at Kirivehera and the renovation of the lamp
posts donated by the Bank to the Dambulla Temple.