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Cabinet Decisions

Visas for Chinese tourists expedited

Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal submitted by Minister of Internal Trade, Food Security and Consumer Welfare and the State Minister of National Defense to obtain the service of Travelson International Travel Services (Shanghai) Limited to assist Chinese tourists to obtain visas to Sri Lanka with no delays.

The Department of Emigration and Immigration has been following the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ETA) since 2012 for issuance of pre–check up and approval to foreign tourists to visit Sri Lanka.

Although the attraction of a considerable amount of Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka is apparent, those Chinese tourists are not encouraged due to delays in obtaining visas to visit Sri Lanka as a result of the language barrier, due to the implementation of Electronic Travel Authorization System (ETA) system only in English at present by Sri Lanka.

 


Construction projects for Universities

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal submitted by the Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovations to implement 13 construction projects recognized in the Universities of Sri Jayawardhanapura,

Wayamba, Ruhuna, Colombo, Sabaragamuwa, Peradeniya, Moratuwa and Sri Lanka Bhikkhu Campus within the median time budget framework 2020 - 2021 on a priority basis with the objective of developing the student capacity that can be enrolled for the year 2021 by 20 percent.

 


PGIM land, buildings to be vested

Cabinet approval has also been granted to transfer the land and buildings where the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo is maintained to that institution.

The proposal was submitted by the Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation for transferring the land and buildings within in extent of 0.2074 hectares situated at Prof. Nandadasa Kodagoda Mawatha (Formerly Norris Canal Road), at the Grama Niladhari division of Cinnamon Gardens, in the Thimbirigasyaya Divisional Secretariat Division in terms of the provisions of the Government Land Ordinance by a free grant was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


Power plant unit as extension of Norochcholai Coal Power Plant

Considering the proposals submitted by the Minister of Electricity and Power, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to take several decisions with immediate effect in order to secure, safeguard and fulfill the power requirements in Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to construct a power plant unit with a capacity of 300x2 of Mega Watts as an extension of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant, install an LNG (bi–sectorial natural gas plant) with a capacity of 300 Maga Watts as a joint venture with the Ceylon Electricity Board and India/Japan at Kerawalapitiya, accelerate the construction activities of LNG (bi –sectorial natural gas plant) with a capacity of 300 megawatt proposed to be constructed in the Kerawalapitiya area under the funds of the Asian Development Bank, accelerate the construction of hydro - electricity plants and regeneration power projects that are under construction, implement projects agreed to be funded by the government of India for solar power generation hastily with the loan grant of US dollars 100 million.

 


National policy to protect mangrove eco–systems

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal submitted by the Minister of Environment and Wildlife Resources to implement the national

policy that has been prepared with the objective of ensuring the sustainable existence of the mangrove eco–systems with the participation of all the parties applicable with the monitoring of the Specialist Committee on mangrove eco–systems, conservation and sustainable utilization.

Although the mangrove eco – systems cater essentially to the environmental equilibrium as well as protecting the coastal belt, these eco – systems are being endangered due to various human activities.

 


Kuwait-Lanka agreement for 25 Bridges Project

The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has signed an agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka to provide 10 million Kuwaiti dinars for the implementation of the reconstruction of 25 Bridges Project.

Phase 3 of the project includes the rebuilding of eight dilapidated and narrow bridges on the National Highway Network in the Western, Northern and North Western Provinces.

Accordingly the cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Hon. Minister of Highways to award the consultation services contract to M/s Al-Abdulhadi Engineering Consultancy (AEC) JV with consulting Engineers & Architects Associated (Pvt) Ltd upon the recommendation of Consultant Procurement Committee.

 


Kelanithissa GIS expansion commences

The expansion of the Kelanithissa 132kv Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) has commenced to connect the 132 Busbar in Kelanithissa Grid Substation with proposed Gas Turbines.

Accordingly the cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Hon. Minister of Power and Energy to award the contract of supply, Installation and supervision of two 145kv Double Busbar (GIS) Gas Insulated Switchgears and the administration, assessment, and measuring contract of 145kv Double Busbar (GIS) to Asea Brown Boveri Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., the original manufacturer.


 


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