Port City completes its reclamation process

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Second phase of the project and construction of the city, scheduled to begin soon


By Sheain Fernandopulle  

Land reclamation for the 269 acres of land that is to be the Colombo Financial City ended yesterday with the second phase of the project, and construction of the city, scheduled to begin soon.   
Minister of Megapolis & Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, Chinese Ambassador for Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan and Managing Director of CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd. Jiang Houliang were present at the ceremony held at the completion of the project.   

In a statement, the project company stated that it had obtained required permission prior to beginning reclamation work, and the entire operation was carried out in accordance with the Development Permit issued by the Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management.  

Meanwhile, Port City Project Director appointed by the Ministry of Megapolis & Western Development confirmed that the project company had ensured the total sustainability of the dredging operation, keeping to distances of over 7.5km from the shoreline, and going to depths of 15m or more at the off-shore sites allotted to them by the Ministry of Megapolis & Western Development and SLLRDC. The depth of dredging had been limited to 3m from the surface of the seabed, maintaining a sediment thickness of at least O.5m at all times.   

The dredgers used during the 28-month long sand mining process, had all been equipped with high tech modern facilities such as AIS systems, long range radar, light systems, CCTV and state-of-the-art communication systems to ensure navigational safety. Their real time GPS tracking assisted the SLLRDC to track dredger movements 24/7 to ensure smooth operations. The project contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company, had clearly demarcated the dredging area to help facilitate environmental monitoring, which had taken place on a regular basis during the entire process.   

The Coast Conservation Department (CCD) also appointed an Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) to oversee the environmental compliance of the Colombo Port City Development Project   

The EMC consisted of 26 government agencies i.e. Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, District Secretaries – Colombo and Gampaha, Divisional secretaries Colombo/ Thimbirigasyaya/Wattala/Ja-Ela/Negombo, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Irrigation, Department of Archaeology, Central Environmental Authority, Urban Development Authority, Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Marine Environment Protection Authority, National Aquatic Resources and Development Agency (NARA), Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Cooperation, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Navy, Municipal Councils of Colombo/ Negombo and the Pradeshiya Saba of Wattala. These agencies made regular inspections at the project site to ensure that all required standards and regulations were being adhered to.   

Currently, preparations are being made for the second stage of the project and ongoing work includes the first phase of ground improvement, trench excavation and foundation rock placement for the construction of the Marina seawall, land formation and the construction of marine protection structures. The project Company is also working in partnership with the Megapolis Ministry for the installation of basic infrastructure facilities, the obtaining of land titles and incentive policies that would attract foreign investors to the new city.   

Once completed, Port City Colombo is estimated to have some 5.75 million square metres of build up space with offices, medical facilities, educational facilities, integrated resort, marina, retail destinations and hotels.     

Pics by Pradeep Pathirana