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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 be repaired.

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.

 

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