port city to be declared part of colombo district

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Untitled-3By Kelum Bandara
Cabinet approval has been sought to declare the 269-hectare-landmass reclaimed from the sea under the Colombo Port City Project as part of the territory of the Colombo District, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.   

 

The port city project was first launched in 2014 to reclaim a landmass from the sea adjacent to the Colombo Port. Later, the present government which took office in 2015 reviewed the project and re-launched it under new terms and conditions negotiated with the China Harbour Engineering Company.   


The minister told Daily Mirror the land reclamation had been completed and he had submitted a Cabinet memorandum seeking approval to gazette the new landmass as a part of the territory of the Colombo District in Sri Lanka’s Western Province.   


He said President Maithripala Sirsena would have to vest it with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and underscored the fact that Parliament would enact fresh legislation to govern business activities within the new territory.   
The government, and the project company, will seek investments for the development of the reclaimed land as a premier residential, retail and business d estination in the region.   


Reclamation was done by CHEC Port City Colombo (PVT) LTD which is a subsidiary of China Harbour Engineering Corporation. It invested US$1.4 billion to reclaim land from the sea.   


The Survey Department has also done the new mapping of Colombo covering the territory to be newly attached.   

 

 

  • The port city project was first launched in 2014 to reclaim a landmass from the sea adjacent to the Colombo Port
  • Parliament would enact fresh legislation to govern business activities within the new territory

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