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Port City now part of Colombo District


Sri Lanka’s land mass officially grew by approximately 4.5 square kilometres yesterday after Parliament passed without a vote the Resolution proposed by Internal, Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government Minister Vajira Abeywardena to include the reclaimed land known as the “Port City Colombo” within the area of authority and the limits of the administrative district of Colombo.

According to the Resolution, the land of Port City Colombo, 446.6153 hectares in extent, will is now annexed to the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Colombo in the Administrative District of Colombo. As per the plan prepared by the Surveyor General, the Colombo Port and Chaithya Road East will be a connecting point to the boundary of the Colombo Divisional Secretary’s Division.

Participating in the debate, Non Cabinet Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the newly annexed block would have a ‘sovereign right.’ Minister Abeywardena observed that this is the first time in the country’s history that a reclaimed sea area would be considered a part of an administrative district.