Sep 03, 2017

Constitutional amendment for port city laws Featured

A separate constitutional amendment is under formulation to pave the way for laws for the Colombo port city project.

Lawyers are of the view that a gazette notification alone will not be sufficient, since this city will have international laws governing it.

However, joint opposition’s Bandula Gunawardena warns legal action if the laws are implemented through a gazette notification.

In consideration of this situation, preliminary arrangements for a constitutional amendment are underway to include tax levying, environmental laws and other matters in the port city.

That is being done by a team of lawyers led by former attorney general Yuvanjan Wijetilake.

The amendment will then be referred to the Legal Draftsman’s Department.

When contacted, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office said the amendment was being done on the PM’s advice in order to run activities of the port city without any issue.