June 28, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lankaâ€™s capital Colombo is to be expanded out to sea on reclaimed land with material dredged to build a new port, providing opportunities for businesses and citizens alike, an official said. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority is in charge of the project to create a new â€˜port cityâ€™, its chairman Priyath Wickrama said.
The new city will be built by adding 450 acres on the cityâ€™s western sea front using dredged material from the new Colombo South Harbour being built next to the existing port.
Basic infrastructure is to be completed in three years with Lanka Hydraulics Institute, which provides hydrographic and modelling services, and the Moratuwa University being also involved in the planning.
Weâ€™re standing on reclaimed land that was once the sea,â€ Wickrama told reporters, standing at the end of a three-kilometre breakwater projecting out into the sea, during a media tour of the new port project last week.
“It is still not officially part of Sri Lankaâ€™s map.” About half the breakwater has been completed for the new deep-water port that will significantly expand Colomboâ€™s container handling capacity and enable the port to cater to bigger new vessels being deploy