Land Use

Sept 01, 2008 (LBO) – Colombo port could reclaim land in shallow waters near the Sri Lankan capital city for industry and move containers by rail to avoid congestion as it expands the harbour, an expert says. The government has started building or plans several new roads to connect Colombo to other big towns as well as a ‘ring road’ to take traffic around the city and reduce congestion.

Wootton said there was a need to have an “integrated transport system” for port to cope with the anticipated cargo flows and truck movements.

“Daily truck movements in and out of Colombo port in 2030 is expected to increase to 25,000 from the present 4,000,” he said.

But he said that over 70 percent of the port’s traffic is transhipment cargo, which would not move out of the harbour.

So it would only have to consider the impact on roads of domestic cargo like apparel, the island’s its main industrial export.

Wootton said the port could use rail transport to link it with inland container depots and container freight stations to ensure domestic cargo movements do not cause traffic problems as it does today.

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