Prime property in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo could be made available to private developers when the government goes ahead with a planned shift of state institutions, including defence, to the suburbs, officials said.
"We're waiting for the green light," said an official of the Urban Development Authority, which is in charge of urban planning.
The government has decided all administrative functions must go to Sri Jayawardenepura, a new city west of Colombo, he said.
"We will not keep a single government entity in Colombo."
The new city was planned as the administrative capital, leaving Colombo, where most companies have their offices, as the commercial capital.