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Port City Colombo committed to maintain a cleaner beach

Port City Colombo, the world-class city is dedicated to the development and upkeep of Colombo city and its surrounding locale. In line with its commitment for sustainable development, Port City Colombo recently pledged to maintain the attractive beach stretch within Colombo city limits as a continuous commitment.

Commencing from January 4, Port City Colombo will be launching a one-year beach cleanup programme, ‘Lassana Werala’ – Beach is only for Footprints’, from Mount Lavinia to Wellawatta, together with a not-for-profit organization, the “Wana Arana Foundation”. Port City Colombo has come forward to fund this project, while the Wana Arana Foundation will manage the supervision and maintenance of the daily cleanup of this five km long beach stretch for a continuous one-year period.

At present, a large quantity of waste piles up daily on the beachfront from Mount Lavinia to Wellawatta, as well as its surrounding canals, causing many health and environmental concerns. This affects not only the people that live close by, but also the public visiting the beaches to spend leisure time with their families. This is also observed as a huge disadvantage for the tourism industry, as many hotels and restaurants depend on this area, with its key attraction for beach view and access. As a project that promotes sustainable urban living, Port City Colombo has taken this initiative as a part of its corporate social responsibility to ensure a cleaner beach that will benefit the people and support local tourism industry to sustain in a pleasant environment.

This project will be supported by the Ministry of Urban Development Water Supply and Housing Facilities, the Colombo Municipal Council, the Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council, the Department of Coast Conservation, Sri Lanka Police and the Coast Guard.

The programme will commence on January 4 with an inaugural event to be held on Mount Lavinia beach with the participation of the Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama and Managing Director of Port City Colombo Jiang Houliang. Together with Wana Arana Foundation, guests and officials from the Ministry, Port City Colombo and Rotaract Sri Lanka will join this inaugural cleanup event as volunteers.

Port City Colombo is a brand new city development built as an extension of the existing Colombo Central Business District, with an initial investment of US$ 1.4 billion and an expected US$ 15 billion overall investment when completed. Spanning 269 hectares, it is a sea reclamation project connected to the current central business district.

Port City Colombo is made up of 5 precincts: a financial district, central park living, international island, the marina and island living. When completed, Port City Colombo is estimated to have 5.7 million square metres of built space, boasting some of the best in design in terms of grade A offices, medical facilities, educational facilities, an integrated resort, a marina, retail destinations, hotels and other lifestyle developments. Using the latest sustainable city design and smart city concepts, Port City Colombo will be the hub of South Asia.

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