EIA: Southern Transport Development Project

Published Date: 
04/2007

This document is the summary environmental impact assessment (SEIA) of the findings of the 2005 and 2006 environmental assessments for the Southern Transport Development Project: (i) Supplementary Environmental Assessment (SupEA) and (ii) EIA of Expansion to 4 Lanes (St2EIA). The SEIA is presented to streamline the disclosure of two very closely related and overlapping documents, which have a common environmental background. The SEIA was prepared following the Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines (2003) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

In 1999, ADB and the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) of Sri Lanka approved an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Southern Expressway; the SEIA was disclosed in July 1999. Subsequently the alignment was revised as a condition of CEA approval to reduce environmental impacts, but CEA did not require any further environmental assessment study. The 1999 EIA did not explicitly include an assessment of environmental impacts of the construction of Galle Port access road (GPAR).

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