Maharagama

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Maharagama
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Maharagama
Location of Maharagama in Colombo District
Coordinates: 6°50′58″N79°55′25″E / 6.84944°N 79.92361°E / 6.84944; 79.92361 Coordinates: 6°50′58″N79°55′25″E / 6.84944°N 79.92361°E / 6.84944; 79.92361
Country Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Colombo District
Government
  Type Urban Council
Population
 (2012)
  Total195,355
Time zone UTC+5:30 (SLT)
Postal Code
10280 [1]

Maharagama is a town in Colombo District, Sri Lanka on the High-Level (A4) Road about 10 km from the centre of the commercial capital. It developed rapidly in the 1980s as a dormitory suburb. Governed by the Maharagama Urban Council, the town possesses facilities like supermarkets, department stores, clothing, food and beverages shops to fulfill the needs of citizens.

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There are number of bus routes passing the area and starting from the suburb that connect Maharagama to all the suburbs. There's a depot of the Sri Lanka Transport Board in Maharagama.

Maharagama Urban Council

Zone

Demographics

According to the census of 2012, the demographics of Maharagama by religion and ethnicity is as follows.

Religious & Ethnic Identification in Maharagama Urban Council area [3] [4]
2012Percentage
Buddhist 179,64991.96%
Roman Catholic 6,5823.37%
Other Christian3,2671.67%
Hindu 2,9051.49%
Islam 2,7651.42%
Other1870.10%
Total195,355100.00%
Sinhalese 187,36395.90
Sri Lankan Tamils 3,1071.59
Sri Lankan Moors 1,3690.70
Burghers 1,3430.68
Sri Lankan Malays 1,1430.58
Indian Tamils 5290.27
Bharatha 4710.24
Sri Lankan Chetty 820.04
Other160.00
Total195,355100.00%

Important places around Maharagama

Schools in Maharagama

Public transport

Railway

Trains starting from Colombo Fort stop at Maharagama Railway Station and nearby Nawinna Railway Station. The stations lie on the Kelani Valley Line, with local trains to Colombo Fort, Maradana, and Avissawella.

Maharagama Railway Station is in the Pamunuwa area.

Currently the Kelani Valley Line serves an increasingly urbanizing population between Colombo Fort and Maharagama. Though capacity increased through broad-gauging the line, services face limitations due to sharp curves and the illegal construction on the sides of the track between Colombo and Maharagama.

Bus routes

Maharagama, which is in the middle of few important areas, has bus routes that access to the suburb centre.

Bus routes heading via Maharagama to/from Colombo: (via High Level Rd, Nugegoda and Kirulapona)

Local bus routes terminating at Maharagama:

Long-distance bus service via Maharagama to/from Colombo:

Long-distance bus service terminating at Maharagama operated by the SLTB:

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References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Ward Maps of Colombo District – Maharagama Urban Council" (PDF).
  3. "Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka - Population by ethnicity and district according to Divisional Secretary's Division, 2012".
  4. "Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka - Population by divisional secretariat division, religion and sex- 2012" (PDF).