Colombo Port City

China gets the monkey off its back with Port City luxury property deal re-start

Date of Release: 
Dec 13 2015

Sri Lanka has paved the way for the continuation of the controversial Chinese-owned ocean-front luxury real estate project called Colombo Port City being built on a reclaimed offshore island the size of a small state.

In the same week that Colombo’s state media cited a Chinese official as saying that Sri Lanka has informed China the project will proceed, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has told Hong Kong’s longest established English daily, the South China Morning Post, that necessary clearances have been granted. He did not specify what was granted.

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Priority for non‐motorised modes of transport in Port City

Date of Release: 
Dec 29 2015

The vision for internal transport within the Colombo Port City will give first priority to non‐motorised modes of transport such as pedestrian walking and cyclists; second priority to public transportation; and third priority to private motorised transport.

According to the recently released Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) report, Colombo Port City will be dependent on an efficient transport system in order to be competitive in the international market.

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Colombo Port City won’t cause environmental disruption, says EIA

Date of Release: 
Dec 15 2015

Dec 15, 2015 (LBO) – The proposed Colombo Port City has a minimal environmental impact on the reclamation site and the coastal zone around the area, a supplementary environmental impact assessment, now available for public consultation, states.

Because of the impact of sand dredging north of the port city site, an income support program will be implemented for communities engaged in fishing, the report adds.

The report can be downloaded here.

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Sri Lankan government lifts suspension on China-funded Port City project

Date of Release: 
Dec 28 2015

Desperate to attract investment funds, the Sri Lankan government has lifted its suspension of the China-funded Colombo Port City (CPC) project. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told the South China Morning Post: “We have given all the necessary clearances. Now it is up to the investors to sort out the minor details.”

According to officials of the Chinese state-controlled China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which is financing the $US1.4 billion project, the CPC is expected to restart around February, once final details are worked out.

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Port City agreement to be revised

Date of Release: 
Nov 2 2015

The Colombo Port City Development Project agreement will be revised shortly to rectify all its defects and tie up lose ends, International Trade State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said. Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, he said the project would be recommenced under the revised agreement, adding that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on the project has also been finalised at the moment.

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Colombo Port City Back In The Limelight

Date of Release: 
Oct 18 2015

Despite the concerns raised by environmentalists and the civil society the government that initially admitted the environmental risks in continuing the controversial Chinese Port City Project in Colombo has now hinted at recommencing the US$ 1.4 billion project, funded by the China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC).

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CHEC to ‘supervise’ EIA on Port City

Date of Release: 
Aug 29 2015

The project company of the Colombo Port City, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) last week said that it would supervise the production of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report following the inability of the relevant government agencies to fund the process.

The interim government had previously directed the company to upgrade some of the environmental reports related to the project to a supplemental EIA in order to append the existing EIA.

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Port City Project, Back In The Limelight

Date of Release: 
Aug 16 2015

Environmentalists have been engaged in a continuous campaign to get the Colombo Port City project scrapped permanently due to many environmental concerns related to the project. A final decision on the Port City project is yet to be announced.

The government recently expressed its willingness to compromise and renegotiate the deal after the election with the Chinese Company who is funding the project to have ‘a final understanding that will help bring a win-win situation’.

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