Opening of the expanded Wellawatte branch by Managing Director and CEO Jegan Durairatnam

Wellawatte, one of the oldest and most-patronised branches of Commercial Bank of Ceylon, has been substantially expanded and reopened to better serve the Bank’s retail and corporate customers in the area.

Now accommodated in an eight-storey, environment-friendly edifice custom-built by the Bank for the purpose, the revamped Wellawatte branch has more banking counters and customer spaces, its own Automated Banking Centre for 24-hour access and enhanced customer parking.

Coinciding with the branch’s 42nd anniversary, the reopening was attended by Commercial Bank’s corporate management led by Managing Director and CEO Jegan Durairatnam and Chief Operating Officer S. Renganathan.

The new building was designed in conformity with the Green agenda of the Bank and utilises natural light to the maximum. The entire building is lit with energy-saving LED lights, and the Bank said it plans to install solar panels for the building in the near future. The building also has a rain water harvesting facility.

“Wellawatte is a key branch which serves a wide cross-section of customers and was a model branch that was used as a benchmark for branches set up after it,” Commercial Bank’s Managing Director Jegan Durairatnam recalled. “The popularity of the branch was such that it became one of our most patronised branches, necessitating an expansion of the premises.”

The new building also accommodates some of Commercial Bank’s key departments previously located in different parts of Colombo.