COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka will conduct a full environmental impact assessment on a sea reclamation project by China so that it can be re-started, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sought cabinet approval to ask the Central Environmental Authority to conduct a complete environmental assessment and to "reconsider the recommencing activities" of the project.
The moves were based on recommendations by a ministerial committee on the China Port City project and a cabinet subcommittee on economic affairs, Senaratne said.
The project will also be transferred from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to the Urban Development Authority.
Sri Lanka’s new administration suspended reclamation of the sea off the Galle Face seafront in the capital Colombo on environmental concerns.
Ministers also raised concerns over giving freehold land to China through the project. China has been acting belligerently towards its smaller neighbours and has been building artificial islands in the South China Sea.