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Sri Lanka’s claim of Indian approval for WCT project proposal ’factually incorrect’: MEA

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday described as 'factually incorrect' the Sri Lankan government's claim that a proposal on Colombo Port's Western Container Terminal has been approved by the Indian High Commission, and said it understands that the Lankan dispensation has engaged directly with investors on this project.

Sri Lanka announced on Tuesday that it has approved the proposal to develop the strategic Colombo Port's Western Container Terminal (WCT) under a joint venture with India and Japan for a period of 35 years, weeks after it scrapped a trilateral deal with both the countries to develop another terminal at the same port.

The Cabinet memorandum said that the proposal presented by Adani Ports and special economic zone limited (APSEZ Consortium) has been approved by the Indian High Commission.

Asked about it at an online media briefing here, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, 'Our High Commission in Colombo has already conveyed to the government of Sri Lanka that their media release insofar as the reference to the approval of the High Commission was concerned, is factually incorrect.' 'We understand that the government of Sri Lanka has engaged directly with investors on this project,' he said. (PTI)

  Comments - 5

  • Anura Saturday, 06 March 2021 02:06 AM

    What type of management the various government departments carrying out ? Oh it's Sri Lanka . Excusable !

    RoaringCreek Saturday, 06 March 2021 02:21 AM

    The shows how desperate the Sri Lanka government needs the support of India at the UNHRC and how low it can go. Sri Lanka has two clowns at Minister and State Minister for handling this. A sad day for Sri Lanka for stooping so low.

    Lumbini Saturday, 06 March 2021 05:11 AM

    The government is messing things up all the time.

    CountryMan Saturday, 06 March 2021 04:20 PM

    So it is not an Indian govt involvement but a private deal. Then WHY NOT advertise for other offers. Follow Govt Procurement Guidelines.

    Buddhist Sunday, 07 March 2021 07:39 AM

    Govt setup the Buddhist Monks and the Trade Unions to protest so that India does not get the Eastern Container Terminal. India is not stupid to fall at the feet of SL again. But SL will soon learn a lesson from India.


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