Highways and Investment Promotion Minister Kabir Hashim today said the final report of the committee headed by Prime Minister on Colombo Port City Project will be released in a few weeks and said that the project was ‘unlikely’ to proceed.
He said the construction of the port city had been stopped for the time being and added the project would be scrapped if the committee report suggests the project was harmful to the country.
“We are receiving information that the legal approval had not been granted for the commencement of the project. This had been approved violating laws. The project would unlikely to proceed,” he told a news conference today.
He said the project had been signed by the previous government was not in favour of Sri Lanka and that 50 hector of the proposed island had been given to China on permanent basis.
“The decision to give a part of the land to China is detrimental to Sri Lanka. This would pave security threats as China will have access to a part of the Sri Lankan waters as well. The frequency of docking their submarines and naval ship will increase if this proceeds,” he said.
The Attorney General, environmental authorities, BOI members of the Finance Ministry and Ports Authority comprise the Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.(DS)
This project should be stopped and that is the correct decisions. It will run into so many problems if continued. The coast line between moratuwa and kollupitiya will be severely affected and sea erosion will decimate the coast. The only good decision taken so far. Some of the appointments as heads of govt institutions sucks. SLPA,SATHOSA, etc are prime examples.
Vijith Pieterz Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:55 AM
We trusted your party will take actions against former President
Pinocchio Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:35 PM
This better be stopped before it becomes another Folkland or Crimea.
newton Friday, 06 March 2015 10:02 AM
you can see how much indian money roaming in Sri lanka
simon Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:45 AM
Each day we have a different statements from different individuals.
Rajith Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:49 AM
Cant anyone see the benefits of this project. I wonder how much influence India has had on new govt to stop this project. They do not want China on their doorstep.
Prem Nath Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:56 PM
Come September with the difference.
IPB Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:54 AM
This government does not have a clear vision.
Saranga Thursday, 05 March 2015 07:18 AM
awesome you ass hole
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