Port City legislation to Cabinet within few weeks

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The legislation pertaining to Port City shall be presented to the Cabinet within the next few weeks, State Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said.The State Minister also said that the said legislation will expedite the process of promoting the Port City as an ocean-metropolis of finance, technology, tourism and real state.

Minister De Silva made these observations participating in the debate on Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation Bill.Dr. De Silva observed that the project had to face some delays due to certain changes requested by the present government to the Port City agreement with its international counterpart.

“When we took over, the previous government had agreed to outright sell 50 acres of land belonging to the Chinese company. Since we wanted to change the agreement we had to take our time. The government is in no way ready to sell any land to foreign countries,” the Minister furthered.Speaking on the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation Bill, Minister De Silva said that the government institutions have strong visions but the government officers do not share the same visions.

Two tunnel projects in Colombo city for flood control – Patali

Currently, two tunnel projects have been initiated in Colombo City for flood control with World Bank aid. One is in the Colombo North area and the other is from Independence Square to Bambalapitiya, said Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.Moving the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (Amendment) Bill in Parliament yesterday, Minister Ranawaka also said that an area of 160 hectares would be reclaimed from the sea from Kollupitiya to Dehiwala.Explaining about the two canals underground and over, for flood control, he said these have already been completed.

“One is from the Kinsey Road area and the other is from Devi Balika Vidyalaya through the Borella Cemetery. In addition, we are in the process of establishing three pumping stations to pump the water when the Kelani River water level rises in Nagalaganweediya, St. Bastian’s and Kaduwela areas. We are also streamlining the water transport system from Nugegoda to Kesbewa, which has achieved positive results. The Piliyandala, Boralesgamuwa areas no longer go under water during heavy rains. For the second stage of this project, we have chosen the Kolonnawa area, while in the third stage we will focus on the Peliyagoda and Wattala areas.”