Written by Staff Writer
16 Jan, 2019 | 8:49 pm
Colombo (News 1st) – The ceremony to mark the completion of reclamation work at the Colombo Port City was held this morning. Construction activities of the Colombo Port City are scheduled to be completed by 2040.
The construction activities of the Colombo Port City commenced on the 16th of September 2014 with an initial investment of USD 1.4 billion. Contractor of the project China Harbour carried out the construction activities for over 2 years. 269 hectares of land from the ocean has been fully reclaimed.
Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan stated that China has invested nearly $7mn (US) to promote the vigorous development of relevant industries of Sri Lanka and that more than 4000 jobs have been provided to the locals.
He noted that in any situation China will always facilitate great importance to China Sri Lanka relations and implement the consensus of the leaders of the two countries.
Project Director of the Port City Nihal Fernando speaking to News1st noted that construction of buildings on the reclaimed land will begin within the year and that investors are also lining up to invest in the project. He noted that there are 74 sites available for investments with the expected deadline on construction activities set in 2040.
Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka speaking at the event noted that the sand which had washed away to the ocean from the Kalu Ganga over several centuries have been deposited at the Port City. He noted that they have been able to restore one of the environment’s major powers which was lost due to soil erosion.
As far as we know, sand to construct the Colombo Port City was extracted from the seas 10km off Uswetakeiyawa and Negombo. Does this mean that the sand that was washed away from the Kalu ganga was deposited in those areas?
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