Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the new commercial and fishing port at Oluvil in the Eastern Province.
Construction of the Oluvil Fishing Harbor, a port with two separate basins, one for commercial activities and one for the fishing industry, commenced in May 2008 under the Eastern Awakening (Nagenahira Navodaya) program.
The harbor was constructed by the Danish construction company MT HØJgaard at a cost of 7 billion rupees.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Danish construction company signed the Oluvil Port Project agreement to build the new harbor in Oluvil in March 2008 at a cost of Euro 46 million with the financial assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA).
The commercial port comprises 330 meters of quay with a water depth of 8 meters, and the fishing port comprises 200 meters of quay with a water depth of 3 meters, according to the company.
The project was executed in two phases. In the first phase, the two breakwaters were constructed, and in the second phase port was dredged to enable access for vessels of up to 16,000 tons, according to the company.
The completion of the harbor is expected to boost economic infrastructure activities in the Eastern Province.
Oluvil harbour was a brainchild of late leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Mohammad Ashroff that comes in to fruition through the Mahinda Chintana program of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The government says the Oluvil port will form the southeastern link in the development of a chain of coastal harbors in the country and will provide more convenient and cost effective access to and from the southeastern region for goods and cargo originating on the west coast.
"We have focused on developing urban growth with industrial, tourist and commercial activities as the base. These strategies will generate income and employment within the region" said Minister A. L. M. Athaullah.
Ports and Highways Project Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister A. L. M. Athaullah, other Ministers and Members of Parliament will participate in the occasion.