President reviews Hambantota development plan
A discussion to review the progress on the development projects
commenced under the Hambantota District Development Plan was held at
Temple Trees under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa
During the discussion, special attention was focused on the
“Greater Hambantota” development plan, a media release issued by the
Presidential Media Unit said.
The project plan also consists of 113,200 hectares of land area
located beyond Hambantota city by covering Kirindi Oya, Walawe Ganga and
The development plan also intends to develop Yala, Bundala, Udawalawe
National Parks and historical places such as Badagiriya, Magama, Tissa
and Yahangala which are also included into the development plan.
The President also discussed with the officials regarding the
progress of the construction work on Weerawila Airport, Hambantota Port,
Walawe Left Bank Development Project, Southern Express Way and Southern
An area which is safe from the natural disasters has been reserved to
establish Hambantota new town. The Hambantota city will be developed as
a tourist destination, the release said.
The discussion also laid special emphasis on the Chinese assistance
granted towards the development activities in Hambantota as a result of
President Rajapaksa’s recent visit to China.
President also inquired the officials on the steps taken to declare
Hambantota as a Municipal Council. The officials told the President all
the arrangements have been finalised and the gazette notification will
be published shortly regarding this.
The construction work on Hambantota Fisheries Harbour will be
completed by end of March this year. The construction work on Hambantota
International Conference Hall has already been commenced. The main
auditorium of the conference hall has 1500 seating capacity.
The President during the discussion stressed the importance of the
dedication made by everyone to accelerate the development activities in
Hambantota, the release added.