Negotiation committee to make assessments
BY THAMEENAH RAZEEK
The Cabinet agreed to constitute a negotiation committee to assess a proposed cargo service supply centre. The cargo service supply centre will be in the Battenberg area of the Colombo South Harbour and occupy a 5.3-hectare parcel of land bordering the South Asian Gate Terminal (SAGT) and bounded by the Colombo Port City, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT), and the East Container Terminal (ECT), according to Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella. During the weekly Cabinet Media briefing yesterday (27), he noted that further actions will be taken in accordance with the committee’s recommendations. The relevant Cabinet Paper has been submitted by the Minister of Ports and Shipping.
“One of the strategic goals of the National Harbour Main Plan is to transform Colombo Harbour, which is the main port in the South Asian region, into a service delivery centre. It has been determined that the Battenburg and Bloomindale sections of the Colombo South Harbour can be developed as service supply zones through a State-Private partnership,” he noted. Speaking further, he noted that the Unity Container Terminal (UTC) has been recognised as a suitable location for the building of an internal cargo operation centre in the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, complete with cargo service supply terminal facilities.
While the ECT and WCT are expected to begin operations in part by 2023, the Colombo Port’s annual capacity will exceed ten million equivalent units of twenty containers. As a result, the demand for the quick building of a service supply centre has risen, and the CICT has issued a resolution to that end.