Sri Lanka appoints committee to look into Chinese port city continuation

May 31, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government plans to appoint a committee to consider the ability of permitting the continuation of the controversial Chinese funded project, after correcting the lapses and procedures, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senarathne said.

The proposal was made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe in his capacity as the Minister of policy planning and economic affairs and was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

As per the committee appointed to review the project by the government when they come in to power in early January , the Colombo port city project construction work was suspended in March due to a pending investigation report.

The 1.4 billion US dollar Chinese Port City is to be constructed between the
Southern edge of the new Colombo South Port and the Fort Lighthouse.

The total area of sea to be reclaimed is 252 hectares.

However the government allowed, the Chinese construction company to build the 3.25 kilometer long break water of the port city, an offshore barrier, in order to prevent damage from heavy rains and sea erosion to the project.

The committee will chaired by Secretary to the Prime Minister will chair and secretaries of the ministries of Ports and Shipping, Urban Development and Water Supply, Environment and a senior counsel from the Attorney General’s department, will also have as members.