The Queen Victoria statue that was removed from near the Colombo – Fort Presidential House seven years ago is being restored.
The BBC news service stated that the statue was erected to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the longest serving monarch in Britain and it was erected near the President’s House which was then considered the Governor General’s mansion.
However, it is reported that following its removal the statue was relocated near the rear entrance of the Colombo National Museum.
The Colombo Municipal Council states that following its restoration the statue will be placed facing the Vihara Maha Devi Park.
The park, which was established in 1958, was known as Victoria Park subsequent to it being renamed Vihara Maha Devi Park.
The statue is being restored parallel to the development activities being carried out in lieu of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Deputy Mayor Titus Perera stated that a request for the restoration of the statue was made by the British High Commission as well.