Colombo Port City will be scrapped: Ranil

2014-12-16 11:06:00

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

  • ayyo sirisena Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:39

    is this guy crazy?

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    Deacon Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:06

    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.

    Reply : 27       114

    mahinda Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:49

    Cunning fox should tell your lovely stories to birds.

    Reply : 102       56

    weere Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:57

    remember batalanda

    Reply : 60       41

    karigalan Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:59

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

    Reply : 9       28

    Cheers Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:01

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

    Reply : 33       44

    Kirth Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:04

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

    Reply : 26       66

    Mattala Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:06

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

    Reply : 42       40

    dreamer Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:06

    Mr.Ranil is dreaming

    Reply : 25       38

    lara Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:07

    support of MR .

    Reply : 15       36

    zuh Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:08

    maluwa nahinne katin via DM Android App

    Reply : 7       27

    OMG Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:09

    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

    Reply : 15       52

    navarad Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:10

    Ayyo Sirisena

    Reply : 12       45

    hihi Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:16

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

    Reply : 10       22

    Bala Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:21

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

    Reply : 15       61

    Amunu Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:32

    if maithree looses its bcoz of the statements given by ranil

    Reply : 14       35

    Nimal Dissa Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:44

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

    Reply : 10       23

    Solheim Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:58

    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.

    Reply : 13       33

    numal Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:59

    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 !

    Reply : 21       71

    Mason Tuesday, 16 December 2014 18:33

    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.

    Reply : 8       25

    willows Tuesday, 16 December 2014 18:34

    RW is 101% correct

    Reply : 12       31

    Liberal One Tuesday, 16 December 2014 18:38

    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.

    Reply : 1       16

    siva Tuesday, 16 December 2014 18:51

    And you will be scrapped on 9th Jan

    Reply : 10       30

    aseem Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:10

    most of chance have change the power forth comming election

    Reply : 2       6

    srilankan Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:39

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

    Reply : 14       14

    Abdul Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:53

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

    Reply : 9       24

    TuskerLK Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:00

    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

    Reply : 9       22

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