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Ja Ela

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Ja-Ela is a suburb of Colombo, located approximately 20km north of the Colombo city centre. Ja-Ela lies on the A3 road which overlaps with the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway at the Ja-Ela Junction.EtymologyThe etymology of the name is uncertain, and there are several yet arguable interpretations of the name. Howbeit, based on verified historical shreds of evidence, the etymology of the place, Ja Ela is based on both Malay & Sinhala languages. "Ja" and "Javan" are referential terms used by the Sinhalese, Moors & Tamils to address the Malays/ Javanese or those of Indonesian descent and the term "Ela" is derived from Sinhala language meaning stream/ lake/ canal.Local Government CouncilJa-Ela is admistered by the Ja-Ela Urban Council.EconomyThe economy in Ja-Ela consists of commercial enterprises, office and industrial employment.Shopping malls K-Zone Ja-Ela Realty Plaza Ja-ElaMovie theatres Cinemax 3D Vista Lite 3DDemographicsMajority of the people from Ja-Ela are generally Sinhalese, along with other minority communities such as Tamils, Muslims and Burghers. In terms of religion the majority of the residents are Roman Catholics, with Buddhists comprising the second largest religious group in the area. Hinduism, Islam and other religions are practiced by a minority.The following table summarizes the population of Ja-Ela according to ethnicity (2011 Census) Population of Ja-Ela by religion as per the Census in 2011TransportThis suburb is situated on the main road A3, between Colombo municipality and Negombo municipality. Ja-Ela is situated very close to the Bandaranaike International Airport. There is also a bus stand in Ja-Ela which provides access to Colombo, Negombo, Gampaha. The traffic issues at Ja-Ela have been reduced after the introduction of the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway, which serves an interchange at Ja-Ela.
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