Marina, cruise terminal on the maps
Steps have been taken to develop the Port of Galle as a major tourist port in the region.
This was revealed during a media outreach program conducted in Colombo on Wednesday regarding the proposal to develop Galle Port.
Local and foreign investors, representatives of business entities in the port sector, diplomats and many other dignitaries participated in the outreach program organized by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
Ports Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena and Cabinet Minister Spokesperson Dr. Ramesh Pathirana represented the government at the event.
As part of the Galle Port development proposal, two breakwaters of 850 and 150 meters in length will be constructed.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal for expression of interest from investors to develop the port of Galle as a regional commercial port with additional services including tourism.
The project consists of deepening the port from the current 10 meters to 20 meters in parallel with the construction of the two breakwaters. A land area of 45 hectares will be reclaimed from the sea as a port city, in which shopping malls, amusement parks, community centers, hotels and many other facilities will be available.
The first phase of the project, including construction of the two breakwaters and land reclamation, is estimated at around US$175 million. The SLPA is calling for expressions of interest to advance the public-private partnership (PPP) project.
According to SLPA sources, a marina and a cruise terminal will also be built. A feasibility study had already been carried out. An environmental study was also carried out. The project will go beyond providing traditional services, the sources said.
The approval of UNESCO had already been obtained since the city of Galle whose Fort is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle Fort has a history dating back centuries to the period of colonization by the Dutch.