Port City Colombo Sponsors Island-wide Beach Clean up
Port City Colombo was the chief sponsor of an island wide beach clean-up organised by the Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA), to commemorate the National Coastal and Marine Resources Conservation Week. The mega clean up operation conducted in 72 locations in 14 beach side districts was held from the 15th to the 22nd of September 2017, with Port City Colombo donating Rs. 1 Million towards its facilitation.
A grand ceremony was held to mark the launch of the commemoration held at the Crow Island Beach Park in Mattakkuliya. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Mahinda Amaraweera as Chief Guest. Speaking at the event, the Minister said that 6.4 metric tons of waste was emptied into the ocean on an yearly basis. He added that the main reason for Sri Lanka’s coastline pollution was the irregular disposal of plastic and polythene. The Minister further said that his Ministry had already set a plan in motion to ensure that fishermen going out to sea would be bringing back the plastics and polythene they carry on their fishing trips.
Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya, Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environmental Anuradha Jayarathne, the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, Managing Director of CHEC Port City Colombo Pvt, Ltd., Jiang Houliang, Head of Environmental Management Plan Team for Port City Colombo W.A.D.D. Wijesooriya and Head of Public Relations for Port City Colombo Kassapa Senarath were also guests at the ceremony.
The Colombo Port City, the largest private investment and development project in Sri Lanka is committed to supporting CSR projects of this nature, which are of national importance. The Company has already provided funding for a number of community projects in the Negombo area, initiated by the government to uplift fisher livelihoods.
About Port City Colombo
Port City Colombo is a brand-new city development built as an extension of the existing Colombo CBD with an initial investment of US$1.4billion and an expected US$15billion overall investment when completed. Spanning 269 hectares, it is a sea reclamation project joined to the current central business district. Port City Colombo is made up of 5 different precincts which is the Financial District, Central Park Living, Island Living, The Marina and the International Island.
When completed, it is estimated to have some 5.65 million square meters of built up space, with some of the best in design Grade A offices, Medical Facilities, Educational Facilities, Integrated Resort, Marina, Retail Destinations, Hotels and various Lifestyle Developments. Using the latest sustainable city design and smart city concepts, Port City Colombo will be the hub of South Asia.
1. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and State Minister of Mahaweli Development, Mahinda Amaraweera helping with the beach cleanup
2. Managing Director of CHEC Port City Colombo Pvt, Ltd. Jiang Houliang (center) at the beach cleanup in conversation with Head of Environmental Management Plan Team for Port City Colombo W.A.D.D. Wijesooriya (left), and Director General of Coast Conservation & Coastal Resource Management Prabath Chandrakeerthi (right)
3. Boy scouts busy clearing