Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hambantota Harbour a maritime hub - Minister Rajapaksa

The first phase of the Hambantota Harbour will be completed by November this year.

After the completion of the first stage it will provide various services to ships, Minister of Ports and Aviation Chamal Rajapaksa said at a press conference held at Ambalantota yesterday.

The Minister pointed out that the discussions in this regard with world’s renowned shipping corporations were now being held. Five large scale industries will be established within the premises of the harbour.

The Government of China will provide necessary funds in this regard. Furthermore construction work of five new ports is also now underway. A land of 400 acres near the Galle Face will be developed for the activities of the Colombo South Harbour. The Galle Harbour will be developed as a tourist port. The construction activities of the Oluvil Port will be completed by next year. The Navy is supervising the construction activities of the Kankasanthurai Harbour.

Minister Chamal Rajapaksa noted with the construction of these harbours Sri Lanka will become a maritime hub in the region.

He also observes that all these development projects will create many job opportunities for the youth of the country.

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