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Colombo Port City will be scrapped: Ranil

16 December 2014 11:06 am - 27     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremsinghe said today the new government, which would be formed by the joint opposition after the current regime was defeated at the January 8 elections, would scrap the Colombo Port City Project.


Mr. Wickremesinghe told tourist industry leaders who met him today that the project would be scrapped because it would end up destroying the coastal belt from Negombo to Beruwala.


He said the international airport at Mattala would be made viable and put to better economic use while a new airport would be constructed in the Eastern Province.


Mr. Wickremesinghe said the new government would put in place a programme on a long-term basis to attract high-spending tourists with the intention of converting Sri Lanka into a major tourist hub by 2025.  “We will make sure that the tourist industry will provide all stakeholders with equal opportunities and a level playing field,” he added while answering several questions posed by the industrialists.


UNP parliamentarian and economist Harsha De Silva also participated at the meeting. (Yohan Perera)




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  Comments - 27

  • siva Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:51 PM

    And you will be scrapped on 9th Jan

    aseem Tuesday, 16 December 2014 07:10 PM

    most of chance have change the power forth comming election

    srilankan Tuesday, 16 December 2014 07:39 PM

    why all these comments are favour to mahinda. it is impossible. DM also MRta Kade Yanawa!

    Abdul Tuesday, 16 December 2014 07:53 PM

    that would be a bad move. good that they are not in power now.

    TuskerLK Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:00 PM

    whats wrong with you all. its a very well known fact that the opposition is against this project, Govt introduced the land alienation law, while giving away acres of land in strategically important location.I would say I is taking perfect scene

    Deacon Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:06 PM

    Good call by the opposition. Given how poor the state finances are, with huge debt and deficit: This project will become another money eater. Better off investing in exports and boost foreign reserves to strengthen the economy.Ranil maybe a poor leader but he is good economic strategist.

    ayyo sirisena Tuesday, 16 December 2014 04:39 PM

    is this guy crazy?

    mahinda Tuesday, 16 December 2014 04:49 PM

    Cunning fox should tell your lovely stories to birds.

    weere Tuesday, 16 December 2014 04:57 PM

    remember batalanda

    karigalan Tuesday, 16 December 2014 04:59 PM

    Lets dream as per Abdul Kalamone day we can achieve we r with u

    Cheers Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:01 PM

    So he wants the country to self develop good luck with a leader who lacks vision

    Kirth Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:04 PM

    Sir, great decision. Also this is a big burden and the process of make our country a china colony. Thanks

    Mattala Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:06 PM

    RW is one slimy guy, who cannot be trusted. !!

    dreamer Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:06 PM

    Mr.Ranil is dreaming

    lara Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:07 PM

    support of MR .

    OMG Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:09 PM

    what he says may be true, but it is too late to scrap it. am sure he will lose a lot of vote for this statement

    navarad Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:10 PM

    Ayyo Sirisena

    zuh Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:08 PM

    maluwa nahinne katin via DM Android App

    hihi Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:16 PM

    am sure this is an idea of Harsha, typical of him to come up with such brilliant ideas,

    Bala Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:21 PM

    What will the Port City contribute to the well being of 19 million Sri Lankans - may be a small minority will benefit.

    Amunu Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:32 PM

    if maithree looses its bcoz of the statements given by ranil

    Nimal Dissa Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:44 PM

    No one is crazy and noi stories to tell. These are the realities and prudent thinking.

    Solheim Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:58 PM

    With the defeat of Sirisena, this guy will be thrown away from the post of opposition leader. Besides, he has lightly forgotten about his conduct in 2001-2004 government as the PM. The country knows how he behaved.

    numal Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:59 PM

    Ranil is completely right.... Most people think that these are genuine deals... but they are not... We can lease the land for a better rate and give a suitable place that does not harm environment Educated intelligent ca understand him !

    Mason Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:33 PM

    It is good to stop projects that the country could ill afford. After all it is loan at high interest that goes for the Port City. Matala airport and Hambantota harbour are white elephants and were not constructed for the benefit of the ordinary people. The loans obtained by govt to satisfy their ego will be paid by us and our children for many generations to come.

    willows Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:34 PM

    RW is 101% correct

    Liberal One Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:38 PM

    At the same time Ranil should be commended for saying that he will further develop mattala and develop a new air port in Eastern province. That is what we need, more and more infrastructure to support growth.

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