Sri Lanka’s port city project still on hold, discussion positive says CHEC


Sep 08, 2015 (LBO) – The builders of Sri Lanka’s Chinese-funded port city project say discussions are still ongoing and they await a positive reply from the government after the suspension of work.

“We are actually at the discussion level,” Liang Thow Ming, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, of CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd told Lanka Business Online.

“What I can say is the discussions direct at a positive level,” the official of the China Harbour Engineering Company said.

When asked whether the government has given a time frame to come up with a solution, Ming said, “There is no such plan given.”

Revealing the controversial port city plan at a forum in May, the builders said they are planning on a clean and green city. The new regime suspended the project in March this year due to a pending investigation report.

The cabinet of Ministers recently gave approval to the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to transfer the project from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to the Urban Development Authority.

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.

The government has 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.