Sri Lanka India venture commissions BOT waste treatment plant

Mar 11, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Puritas (Pvt) Ltd, a unit of the listed Hayleys group and Veolia Water India, a part of a France based Veolia Water has commissioned a waste treatment plant for a new tourist resort on the island’s east coast. Already two of the 13 hotels are running and the rest are expected to open in 2012 when the resort will have 930 rooms.

Puritas is part of Sri Lanka’s Hayley’s group’s Haycarb division which makes activated carbon products. It claims the world’s top stop for coconut shell based activated carbon and has plants in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand.

Puritas said the 185 million rupee plant was on a 20 year built-operate-transfer deal with Sri Lanka’s tourism development authority which allocated the new tourism zone in Pasikudah, a former war torn area, to 13 leisure firms.

A 30-year war ended in Sri Lanka north and east in 2009. The east coast is sunny and dry towards mid-year when the traditional tourist hotspots in the West coast are hit by monsoon rains.

“This ground-breaking project reflects not only the Hayleys Group’s and our partner Veolia Water’s, competencies in large-scale environmental solutions, but also our commitment to support economic resurgence in post-conflict Sri L