Apr 14, 2018

Port City project to be speeded up Featured

Measures have been taken to speed up the Chinese funded 'Port City' project which would provide 68,000 new job opportunities for the Sri Lankan youth, says director of the project - Nihal Fernando.

Accordingly, new development Control Regulations (DCR) were unveiled recently in Colombo at an event themed ‘Roadmap to Prosperity’ and would provide a clear mechanism for the implementation of the master plan and refine it further through urban design guidelines, he said.

Surbana Jurong, one of Asia’s largest urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms based in Singapore and Atkins, the UK’s largest engineering consultancy, were brought on board by the project company to prepare the DCR to the existing Master Plan, which was originally done by Swedish-based planning consultant, SWECO.  

The DCR was first presented to Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and the Urban Development Authority for appraisal.  

It provides a clear mechanism for the implementation of the Master Plan and directs both public and private sector developments with a set of development objectives, definitions and regulations. The regulations are essential to enforce the vision and objectives of the Master Plan in a transparent manner.

The urban structure of port city is designed for livability, social security, tolerance and inclusion, thereby contributing to a high quality of life.

“It emphasies a well-balanced relationship between the public, semi public and private sectors where different kind of spaces give rise to a wide range of uses and activities,” Anandan Karunakaran, Director Urban Planning and Design of Subrana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd said.

The Port city would be an extension of the existing city’s central business district, with 5 new districts including, the financial district, the marina, international island, central park living and island living and each district offers a good mix of uses for a “live + work+ play” environment.

Parks and open spaces, waterfront promenades, public plazas and active street edges all along the central boulevard allow for recreational facilities, within walking distances and promote healthy lifestyles that will appeal to all ages and all people, who aspire to live in the heart of the city.