Shanghai: China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has come to the defence of its Colombo Port City Development Project, which could be terminated under Sri Lanka’s new government.
Last week, Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, said the billion-dollar project will be reconsidered.
CCCC has said all procedures of the procurement regulations were followed before the construction project was formally agreed with the previous government.
Before project development began, in 2010 CCCC undertook an initial technical feasibility study, which was approved by the then government. It also undertook an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the project, which was published publically and green-lit by government-approved agencies once public enquiries were answered.
CCCC also submitted an environmental management plan (EMP), which was subsequently approved after monitoring the project’s environmental and coastal impact, as per the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment.
The process from submitting its proposal to signing the development contract, CCCC says, throughout which it has followed the stringent government procurement regulations and had input from international civil engineering consultancy firms. [21/01/15]