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Piliyanadala is a suburb of the city of Colombo in Sri Lanka, which is situated approximately 18km south of Colombo. It is one of the relatively more populated suburbs located in the Colombo District of the Western Province, Sri Lanka and it is surrounded by the suburbs of Moratuwa, Kesbawa, Maharagama, Pannipitiya, Bandaragama and Kahathuduwa. Although previously known as a residential town, the congestion and traffic of Colombo is starting to reach the heart of Piliyandala as well. Piliyandala has a thriving market in the town centre and the Kesbewa Urban Council is also located in Piliyandala.The suburb is well known for the bus bombing, which was committed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Outside of this event, Piliyandala is a safe town, not known for other violent events, which made the 2008 event a big shock to residents.Piliyandala clock towerAccording to local residents and documentation, Piliyandala clock tower is one of the tallest in the island rising to a height of 78 feet with a 16 foot girth. The clock tower was erected by D. Simon Samarakoon, in the memory of his parents Cornelis Wijewickrema Samarakoon and his wife. The foundation stone for the erection of the clock tower was laid by the then Minister of Local Government C.W.W. Kannangara on 11 September 1952. The construction being completed in seven months, the clock tower was commissioned on 30 April 1953 and has been running ever since.
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