Cabraal tells Mahanayake Theras: Port City gazetted as SL territory
By Kamal Suraweera - Kandy
State Minister of Money, Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms, Ajith Nivard Cabraal told the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters yesterday (18) that the Colombo Port City, which is under construction has been gazetted as a territory belonging to Sri Lanka and that all work there will be carried out according to the laws of this country.
The Minister visited the Chief Prelates on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (18) morning and informed them how the Port City will operate.
State Minister Lohan Ratwatte and Parliamentarian Wasantha Yapa Bandara were also present.
Minister Cabraal also told the Chief Prelates that this project will generate 83,000 new jobs and since it will be a turning point in the economy of the country, certain groups are talking of the non-benefits that will affect them and are attempting to create a wrong impression in the country.
The State Minister also said the Government will always heed the advice and warnings of the Chief Prelates and that is why they took steps to raise awareness among the Mahanayakes regarding the false rumours surrounding the Colombo Port City.
He told the Chief Prelates that the Colombo Port City will be under the administration of a Commission. When the project is through, massive amounts of foreign exchange will flow into the country and will be a turning point in the economy of Sri Lanka. Some people fear the massive economic awakening in the same way that the country developed subsequent to the end of the war, Cabraal said.
Cabraal told the Mahanayakes that if ever there was an issue regarding this, the Government hopes to inform them and will remain transparent.
Chief Prelate of the Malwatte Chapter, Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera, said he appreciated the fact that the Government took steps to raise awareness among the Chief Prelates, since many rumours have been swirling around regarding the Port City Project.
The Chief Prelate added that people had given the Government a huge mandate in the hope that they would not do anything harmful to the country and it is their responsibility to maintain that trust.
Cabraal told the Chief Prelates that the Government will appoint a committee to study how the Port City Commission Act will be implemented.
The Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter said if such a committee is being appointed, not only persons in favour of the Government, but an educated conservative group should also be included in it.
Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter, Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera, said the country should benefit from whatever is implemented.