Sri Lanka is to develop Trincomalee as a Port City
The Cabinet of Ministers met under the chairmanship of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to develop Trincomalee as a Port City. The proposal in this regard was made by the President as the Minister of Ports and Highways.
Under this programme a negotiating committee and a project committee will be appointed to request for proposals from the interested parties to commence Port related business ventures with high potential to contribute to the Sri Lankan economy.
2000 Hectares in the vicinity of the port of Trincomalee owned by the government will be set aside for this project. The two committees will also evaluate proposals received in this connections.
Another proposal submitted by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development DR. Rajitha Senaratne for the development of the Dik-owita Fishery Harbour, which will be the largest fishery harbor in Sri Lanka, was also approved by the Cabinet.
The construction work will include the following Increasing the depth of the Southern Harbour Basin up to 5 M. costing Rs. l05 million; Opening of the Outer Reef for a width of 70 M. to the Approach Channel and deepening it from 6 M. to 8 M. costing Rs.90 million; Construction of Ice Plant costing Rs. 110 million: construction of Workshop and Boat Repair Facility costing Rs.l90 million; and Anchorage for one day boats costing Rs.35 million.
Another proposal that has been approved by the Cabinet was a proposal made by the Minister of Economic Development Mr.Basil Rajapaksa to purchase plant and Machinery required for road construction works from M/s. China National Aero - Technology Import and Export Corporation, for a sum of US $115.8 million (Rs.12,369.6 million) As directed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the provincial road network is now being upgraded by the Ministry of Economic Development and the need for improvement to Provincial Road Network is need felt very much in the light of development activities currently underway throughout the country.
Other proposals approved by the Cabinet included-
- the establishment of Engineering Council by an Act of Parliament enabling to regulate the Professional Practice of Engineering in Sri Lanka by registering Engineering Practitioners, similar to those in the existing medical and legal professions in order to identify specifically those who are authorized to practice at different levels under the different categories such as Chartered Engineers, Associate Engineers, Incorporated Engineers, Engineering Diplomats and Engineering Technicians.
- Strengthening of the Electricity Transmission and Distribution network tisland wide after commissioning of the 150 MW Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Plant and 600 MW Phases II and Ill of the Coal Fired Power Plant at Puttlam. Further 500 MW of power will be added to the National Grid by 2018 with the commissioning of the Coal Fired Power Plant at Trincomalee. The proposal in this regard was submitted by the Minister of Power and Energy Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka.
- Construction of an additional Building for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition in the same premises at a cost of Rs. 28.4 million. This proposal was submitted by the Prime Minister Mr. D.M.Jayaratne.
- Construction of a new building at a cost of Rs.106 million to improve infrastructure facilities at the Faculty of Applied Science, at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, on a proposal made by the Minister of Higher Education Mr. S.B.Dissanayake.
- Installation & Commissioning of Instrument Landing System (ILS) & Distance measuring System (DME) at BIA. The Cabinet appointed Procurement Committee (CAP C) and the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) in this regard. The new system will be procured by replacing the existing equipments installed at the BIA. Accordingly this contract would be awarded to M/s Queens Radio Marine Electronics at a total foreign component of 544,890.00 Sterling Pounds and the local component of Sri Lankan Rs.24, 500,000.00. The proposal was made by the Minister of Civil Aviation Piyankara Jayaratne.
- On a proposal made by the President, the Cabinet also agreed to enter into the Shipping Service Agreement with the Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh in order to accommodate new developments that have taken place in the International Shipping Sector. Some of the main features of this agreement will be
o mutual maritime co-operation in the field of Merchant Shipping;
o provision of necessary assistance in Merchant Shipping Activities;
o facilitation of maritime transportation;
o facilitation of medical aid for crew members where necessary; and
o Provision of help and assistance for the vessels in distress.
- Asian Tribune -