An ambitious feasibility study covering 13 key projects in the South has just been completed, with consultant Programme Development International keen on vying for the project.
The Hambantota infrastructure project is a large-scale development effort that identifies several independent profit centres to be set up in the Hambantota and Moneragala region.rn
rnIncluded in the US$ 5 bn project is the proposed cargo airport and seaport at Hambantota and 200,000 barrels per day petroleum refinery. rn
rnThe seaport has been identified as the main profit centre, with several support services like ship repair facilities and railway links, also included, the consultancy study indicates.rn
rnOthers include the Southern highway construction, permanent and temporary housing as well as a high-density fish farm and the still disputed 300 MW coal plant.rn
rnldblquote Immediately upon approval, an estimated 35 percent of the work under the project can commence, with another 35 percent proceeding as soon