Govt. to set up new city in H'tota

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The government is to set up a ‘new city’ in the proposed China-Sri Lanka Industrial Zone in the Hambantota district, it is learnt.

Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang paid a visit to the area and had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently on the construction of the industrial zone. According to the Chinese embassy, the two sides explored the lands in the area. The Prime Minister also held talks with Chinese investors.

At the meeting, the Prime Minister expressed his views on establishing a Sri Lanka-China Joint Committee, building a new city and carrying out vocational and technical training in the industrial zone. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister mentioned the idea of a "Colombo-Kandy-Hambantota Corridor" by linking the Colombo Port City, Hambantota Habour, Bandaranaike International Airport and Mattala International Airport.

Ambassador Yi emphasized that the Hambantota industrial zone was an industrial zone with comprehensive and multiple with significance for both Sri Lanka and China.

It had no doubt the industrial zone would promote all-around development of Sri Lanka in the near future. Ambassador Yi also inspected the projects of Mattala International Airport, the Hambantota Habour and Conference Center. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Reader Friday, 05 August 2016 03:48 PM

    Future vision what non sense.White Elephants at exorbitant prices.Present people have to find a way out from debt burden.

    Lara Friday, 05 August 2016 05:42 AM

    Government need to be very strategic. For sure, they will not employee a single Sri lankan as genetically Chinese cannot work with others . anyone worked abroad will know this . I am sure they will produce things that will be shipped to Middle East and African countries . This will help China to cut down huge transportation cost. Sri Lanka should introduce tax system to earn money focusing on this zone . Dubai earns money from transaction by acting as a Business HUB .

    mohan Friday, 05 August 2016 05:45 AM

    WHAT ! The word China was the most hated word of this government ! But now a days we hear this daily basis . There is a old saying in sinhalese' wate gihin aapahu gedaratama aawa !

    Cobra Friday, 05 August 2016 06:02 AM

    And relocate all those MR white elephants there together with the fauna that grace at Mattala!

    Mara Friday, 05 August 2016 05:34 PM

    Very Good Comment .It's sad to see some has even flag you down.Must be retarded cronies of JO.This Government is doing a good job to minimize the damage done by former Regime.

    Bongo Friday, 05 August 2016 05:36 PM

    Ok. Let's say you've implemented that policy today.By 2050, about 80% of the SL population will be post-retirement age and only a handful of tax paying workers will be there to support their pension free healthcare free education police defence and everything else.Very naive opinion there Bingo.

    Sri Lankan Friday, 05 August 2016 07:49 AM

    PITY if nothing is done! We have to pay the debts you no!!?

    aruna Friday, 05 August 2016 08:15 AM

    This is good otherwise port and airport will be useless. If we can get couple of big companies like Honda, Toyota to build something and export we will have a future

    Aruna Friday, 05 August 2016 09:00 AM

    So we now realize MR made the infrastructure, airports, harbors, high ways etc etc to make SL the miracle of Asia by 2020! Anyway we won't now reach to that feat with incumbent regime.

    Rahula Friday, 05 August 2016 09:58 AM

    The airport is useless and needs to be abandoned. The only runway is a crosswind runway and is dangerous. Hambantotta will compete with Colombo port, Mattala will compete with BIA. This new city will steal resources needed to develop the rest of the country. This whole thing will sink the country. Like all Chinese-Sri Lankan projects its a badly planned project that will only make money for the Chinese, while Sri Lankan tax payers will be left with the bill and the environment will be in ruin!!

    Libtard Friday, 05 August 2016 10:32 AM

    That is why infrastructure development is so vital. Would this be possible without the port and roads?

    Gamaya Friday, 05 August 2016 10:43 AM

    Aruna ! you must be a voter of Yahapalanaya!

    Ryan Friday, 05 August 2016 11:04 AM

    Rahula, what is your way forward for Sri Lanka, you seem to have mama's secret recipe.

    Bingo Friday, 05 August 2016 11:13 AM

    If I were to rule SL, number one priority would be implementing 1 child policy till 2050 and bring down the population to 10 mil. SL got too many people stuck in small place with zero Infrastructure planning. Fully messed up top to bottom.

    Ranjith Friday, 05 August 2016 11:43 AM

    Be careful with China. They are acquiring properties all over the world specially the prime lands through companies owned by the Chinese government. Two good examples are Australia and Zimbabwe. DO NOT LET CHINA ACQUIRE PROPERTIES, OR LAND

    das Friday, 05 August 2016 11:51 AM

    Nonsense. He put us neck deep in debt with useless white elephant projects and the loan repayment being equal to 95% of our revenue

    W Edirisinghe Friday, 05 August 2016 11:52 AM

    Hambanthota was developed under MR's future vision. Those who criticised the entire Hambanthota project is now trying to gain credit by doing the exact same thing MR was going to do.

    Mewan Friday, 05 August 2016 12:02 PM

    Right so we wait until 2050? im sure you vote for the UNP

    Bingo Friday, 05 August 2016 12:22 PM

    @Mewan, No you should start planing from at least today. Then your kids or grand kids can live in 1st world one day. Otherwise 3rd world forever.

    Srilanka Friday, 05 August 2016 02:16 PM

    Rajapaksa only lefta bunch of random White elphant projects and they are creating the city so those projects can be of use

    Lal Friday, 05 August 2016 02:17 PM

    LOL the future vision! If the current govt didnt come all those projects would be white elephants forever!

    melda Friday, 05 August 2016 02:23 PM

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    Lal Friday, 05 August 2016 02:32 PM

    They are building new cities and industrial zones to truely develop the Region. Not white elephant projects like Airports in Jungles!

    sach Saturday, 06 August 2016 10:08 AM

    this is the continuation of MR's plan

    Lal Friday, 05 August 2016 02:33 PM

    This is different from MR's project where white elephants like Stadiums were built. Read the Wikipedia on H'Tota port. This is Ranil's Regaining SL plan!

    Lal Friday, 05 August 2016 02:34 PM

    This is different from Mr's white elephant projects like Staidums in Jungle. The industrial zone is from ranil's regaining SL. read H'tota port on wikipedia


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