'Port city not figured in Sirisena's talks in China'

The controversial Colombo Port City project did not figure in President Maithripala Sirisena's talks with Chinese leaders during his current visit to Beijing, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera said on Friday.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015, 22:47 PM IST

Colombo: The controversial Colombo Port City project did not figure in President Maithripala Sirisena's talks with Chinese leaders during his current visit to Beijing, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera said on Friday.

"Despite media reports quoting Chinese media, the President did not discuss the issue of the port city," Perera told reporters.

Port City project was the pet project of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The new government led by President Sirisena after coming to power in January temporary halted the project citing environmental hazards affecting the western coastal line.

A cabinet committee was appointed to look into approval granted by the Rajapaksa government for the project which was to reclaim sea to build a city.

China Communications Construction Company Pvt Ltd (CCCC) said it was to invest USD 1.4 billion in the project, making it the single largest private-funded foreign direct investment in the island.

Perera said the government early this month ordered the suspension of the project but following representations from the company it was allowed to proceed with work to prevent sea erosion of the project until a final decision could be made.