The Port City Colombo Completes Reclamation
CHEC Port City Colombo marked another milestone with the completion of reclamation work. At a ceremony held on Wednesday, 16th January, Xin Hai Long the last of the four state-of-the-art dredgers used for the sand mining operation left the project site. The 269 hectares of land from the ocean is now wholly reclaimed, and the ground is set for the second phase of the project.
The ceremony to celebrate this landmark event was attended by the Minister of Megapolis & Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka as Chief Guest, Ambassador for China in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan and Jiang Houliang, Managing Director of CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd. The dignitaries were given a tour of the now wholly reclaimed site, which is being made ready for the setting up of infrastructure facilities.
The project Company, CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd had obtained all required permission prior to beginning reclamation work, and the entire operation was carried out in accordance with the Development Permit issued by the Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management. The Project Director for the Port City project appointed by the Ministry of Megapolis & Western Development confirmed that the project company had ensured the total sustainability of the dredging operation, keeping to distances of over 7.5km from the shoreline, and going to depths of 15m or more at the off-shore sites allotted to them by the Ministry of Megapolis & Western Development and SLLRDC. The depth of dredging had been limited to 3m from the surface of the seabed, maintaining a sediment thickness of at least 0.5m at all times.
The dredgers used during the 28 months long sand mining activity, had all been equipped with high tech modern facilities such as AIS systems, long range radar, light systems, CCTV and state-of-the-art communication systems to ensure navigational safety. Their real time GPS tracking assisted the SLLRDC to track dredger movements 24/7 to ensure smooth operations. The project contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company, had clearly demarcated the dredging area to help facilitate environmental monitoring, which had taken place on a regular basis during the entire process.
The Coast Conservation Department (CCD) also appointed an Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) to oversee the environmental compliance of the Colombo Port City Development Project.
The EMC consisted of 26 government agencies i.e. Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, District Secretaries - Colombo/Gampaha, Divisional secretaries Colombo/Thimbirigasyaya/Wattala/Ja-Ela/Negombo, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Irrigation, Department of Archeology, Central Environmental Authority, Urban Development Authority, Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Marine Environment Protection Authority, National Aquatic Resources and Development Agency (NARA), Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Cooperation, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Navy, Municipal Councils of Colombo/Negombo and the Pradeshiya Saba of Wattala. These agencies made regular inspections at the project site to ensure that all required standards and regulations were being adhered to.
Currently, preparations are being made for the second stage of the project and ongoing work includes the first phase of ground improvement, trench excavation and foundation rock placement for the construction of the Marina seawall, land formation and the construction of marine protection structures. The project Company is also working in partnership with the Megapolis Ministry for the installation of basic infrastructure facilities, the obtaining of land titles and incentive policies that would attract foreign investors to the new city.
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$15billion overall investment when completed. Spanning 269 hectares, it is a sea reclamation project joined to the current central business district. Port City Colombo is made up of 5 different precincts which is the Financial District, Central Park Living, Island Living, The Marina and the International Island.
When completed, Port City Colombo is estimated to have some 5.75 million square metres of build up space, boasting some of the best in design in terms of Grade A offices, Medical Facilities, Educational Facilities, Integrated Resort, Marina, Retail Destinations, Hotels and various Lifestyle Developments. Using the latest sustainable city design and smart city concepts, Port City Colombo will be the hub of South Asia.
About CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd
CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd through China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is part of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC). Incorporated in 2006, CCCC is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and currently employs over 110,000 employees, with presence in 135 countries and regions. CCCC is the world leader in port design and construction, road and bridge design and construction, dredging, container crane and heavy machinery manufacturing. In addition, CCCC is also vastly experienced in building construction and is a major real estate investor and developer.
For the financial year ending December 2017, CCCC recorded a revenue of US$ 79.4 billion with total assets of US$ 183 billion. CCCC was ranked 91st among Fortune 500 companies in 2018 and ranked 3rd on ENR Top International Contractor in 2018. Among the illustrious accomplishments, CCCC is proud that we designed 5 out of 10 of the world’s largest container terminals and cross-sea bridges. CCCC has been actively involved with the development of Sri Lanka since 1998, executing massive construction projects, such as the Southern Highway, Outer Circular Highway, Hambantota Port, Mattala International Airport, Colombo South Container Terminal and many other major infrastructure projects.