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Supplementary EIA report on Port City Project

The Attorney General yesterday Court that the authorities have prepared a supplementary Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report over acquiring of additional lands for the Colombo Port City Project.

Deputy Solicitor General Arjuna Obeysekara appearing for the Attorney General further told Court of Appeal that the supplementary EIA report will be presented at a meeting convened by the secretaries of the ministers on November 19.

DSG Obeysekara further told Court that the supplementary EIA report has addressed all the issues pertaining to the environmental impacts and further informed Court that copy of this report will be presented before Court on next hearing date.

Obeyasekara made these remarks sequent to the writ petition filed by the Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ) which sought an order suspending what it described as illegal agreements entered into with the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company without following the proper legal procedures as prescribed in the Ports Authority Act. Meanwhile, Court of Appeal President Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda fixed the petition for December 11.

The CEJ had cited the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Director General of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource, the Central Environmental Authority, the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company and the Attorney General as respondents. The petitioner said a sea area of 575 acres opposite the Galle Face Green was being reclaimed by the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company for the Port City Project.

It said the Director General of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource had issued a no-objection letter to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority in relation to the so called Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report in September 2014, while the second respondent has issued the final approval for the so-called EIA study pertaining to the project and they have approved the so-called Environmental Management plan submitted by the Chinese Company. The petitioner said according to the so-called EIA study the primary objective was only to reclaim 300 acres and the EIA study had been prepared based on that assumption but the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company had planned to reclaim a sea area of 575 acres which was almost double the area taken in to consideration for the EIA study which was approved by the first and second respondents.

Counsel Ravindranath Dabare with Nilmal Wickremasinghe and Sugath Atapattu appeared for the petitioner. 


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