Walk by the Ocean
By Sanuj Hathurusinghe
The day we finally get to see the completed Port City – the US$15 billion special economic zone and international finance centre – might not come any time soon given only the artificial land has so far been built with no skyscraper in sight. However, the eager citizens of the country were recently given a glimpse of what is yet to come when the Colombo Port City Marina Walkway was declared open to the general public.
The walkway which offers a novelty ‘promenade’ experience for islanders, was officially opened last Sunday (9) in a ceremony which saw the participation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi. On the following day, the public was allowed to experience the marina which offered a momentary escape from the current calamities in the country, from price hikes and lack of milk powder to exploding gas cylinders and power cuts.
On Monday, thousands of people were seen enjoying the walkway with their loved ones. Pictured here are some of the colourful snaps captured on our camera lens.
The Marina Walkway is one of the many features of the public recreational area of Port City. The 35-acre park is three times the size of Galle Face Green and consists of a green zone as well as play areas for children, water sports, a golf course, an ATV bike ride course, and other facilities. Some of these facilities are already up and running while many more features will be added soon. The constructions were somewhat hindered during the lockdowns as the workforce had to be cut down to 500 from 1,600 due to health concerns but progress picked up pace when restrictions were eased and lockdowns were lifted.
The Colombo Port City project is overseen by the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities while the main developer is China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).
(Pix by Kelum Chamara and Venura Chandramalitha)