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Sri Lanka fishermen’s resistance holds up beach resort investments

Jan 06, 2017 19:33 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT – Planned investments in a new zone earmarked for beach resorts in Sri Lanka’s north-west region are being delayed by opposition from migratory fishermen, an official said.

The Kalpitiya region earmarked for development could be Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the water-bungalow type tourist resorts in the Maldives, according to Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism Development.

The government had declared Kalpitiya as one of the new zones identified for tourist resorts, given its pristine nature, having been long isolated owing to the 30-year ethnic war, which ended in 2009.

“There were four serious investors in resorts and water bungalows in Kalpitiya,” said Sugathadasa.

“But there’s resistance from migratory fishermen who have not agreed to relocate,” he told a news conference. “That has led to a deadlock and as a result investor interest has waned.”

Sugathadasa said the government did not want to displace people to make way for tourist investments.

The authorities were talking to the fishing community with the involvement of the Catholic church, he said. 
(COLOMBO, Jan 06, 2016)


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