Sri Lanka Ports Authority is to create an artificial island for the first time near the Hambantota Port to be used for tourist activities. The historic project would be undertaken by Sri Lankan Engineers attached to the Ports Authority.
The feasibility studies in this regard have been done and the Ports Authority is awaiting the final clearance from the government. Ports Authority officials said that they are looking at creating an island of minimum five acres.
The project is funded by the China Exim Bank and the contractor will be executed by the China Harbour Engineering Company.
Around 40,000 cubic meters has to be dredged under the second stage of the Hambantota Harbour project and this dredged earth would be used to fill this proposed island. Ports Authority officials said that when completed this land would be leased out and international tenders will be called for development activities after the completion of the island.
Meanwhile, construction work of the 14 storied Sri Lanka Ports Authority administrative complex of the Hambantota Harbour is nearing completion. This will be the tallest building in the Southern Province. This complex will facilitate the administrative and engineering divisions of the Hambantota Port. Overlooking the Hambantota coastline, the building is situated inside the port premises, within 500 meters from the docks.