Construction work on Oluvil harbour begins in October
COLOMBO: Construction work on the proposed Oluvil harbour
project in the Eastern Province is scheduled to begin in October this
This follows a decision taken by Ports and Aviation Minister Chamal
Rajapaksa and Posts and Telecommunications Minister Rauff Hakeem at a
meeting held at the Parliamentary Complex on Thursday, August 9.
A Press release by the Ports and Telecommunications Ministry said
that during this meeting Minister Hakeem and Science and Technology
Deputy Minister and Digamadulla District MP Faisal Cassim stressed the
need to accelerate the development of Oluvil as a Commercial and
Fisheries Harbour and resolve the resultant problems fishermen in the
area would confront after the construction of the harbour.
It was agreed to appoint a Ministerial Committee to oversee the
relocation of families displaced by the harbour project.
Fourteen families already identified for relocation would be provided
with land in extent of 20 perches each and raw material for building
alternative houses. It was also agreed to provide a 40 perch plot of
land for building a mosque for the relocated families.
It was also agreed to look into the problems encountered by Ma-del
fishermen and make compensation payments for them.
Sir Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Saliya Wickremasuriya, Deputy
Chairman B. Wickrama, Oluvil Port Officer Nagor Thambi and
representatives of the Oluvil Fishing Community attended the meeting.