World Trade Center (Colombo)

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Colombo World Trade Center

ලෝක වෙළෙඳ මධ්‍යස්ථානය (කොළඹ)

உலக வர்த்தக மையம் (கொழும்பு)
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The twin towers of the World Trade Center as seen from Galle Face Green.
General information
Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 06°55′57″N 79°50′38″E / 6.93250°N 79.84389°E / 6.93250; 79.84389Coordinates: 06°55′57″N 79°50′38″E / 6.93250°N 79.84389°E / 6.93250; 79.84389
Construction started 1990
Completed 1996
Opening 12 October 1997
Management ORCPLC
Height
Roof 152 m (499 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 40

The World Trade Center (also known as WTC Colombo or WTCC) is the tallest completed building in Sri Lanka. Standing over 152 m (499 ft) from the ground, it ranks as the fourth tallest twin tower in South Asia. WTCC runs under the management of Overseas Realty Ceylon plc (better known as ORCPLC). ORCPLC is a part of Mireka Capital Land (pvt) Ltd which owns the Havelock City Project, one of the largest residential projects in Asia.

History[edit]

The WTCC was opened on 12 October, 1997 by the former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The centre consists of two identical 40-storey east and west towers.

In the later years of the Sri-Lankan civil war, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked the WTCC twice. A 1997 truck bombing killed 15 people. The LTTE attempted a 9/11 copycat attempt to crash a plane into the towers. However, the attack failed as the plane was shot down.[citation needed]

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