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Minister orders halt to unauthorised constructions at port premises

Roads and Highways, Ports and Shipping Minister Johnston Fernando during an inspection tour of the Colombo Port last Friday.
Roads and Highways, Ports and Shipping Minister Johnston Fernando during an inspection tour of the Colombo Port last Friday.

Roads and Highways, Ports and Shipping Minister Johnston Fernando instructed officials to halt unauthorised constructions being built inside the port premises which obstructs the internal drainage system.

The Minister was speaking during an inspection tour of the Colombo Port last Friday.

Minister Fernando ordered relevant officials of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to put a stop to the unauthorisedconstructions at the Port and submit a detailed report on whether those companies were perceived of the agreement that had been signed with SLPA.

The Minister also learnt that the Colombo Port’s internal drainage system gets clogged and overflows even after a light shower, resulting in the adjoining road network getting submerged, which affects the smooth functioning of port activities.

Accordingly, decisions were made to halt the improper constructions being carried out by companies blocking the smooth flow of water.

Minister Fernando advised SLPA Managing Director Captain Athula Hewawitharana and other officials to submit a report to regulate constructions with the direct intervention of the SLPA.

Considering all the factors, Minister Fernando strongly advised SLPA officials to restore the drainage system by removing the debris and unauthorised constructions.


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