The filling of the Magampura International Harbour in Hambantota with sea water has been completed.
The filling of the Harbour Basin with water was initiated on the 15th of August. An area of 43 hectares with a height of 16 metres has already been filled. The Magampura Harbour is one of the five Ports that are coming up around Sri Lanka with the purpose of making the country the Shipping Centre in the future, based on the Mahinda Chinthana. The expected expenditure is around 360 million US Dollars. The old Kataragama-Hambantota Road which separates the Harbour Basin and the sea will be demolished within the next few days. Accordingly the access road to the harbour and the sea would be linked.
The Oil terminal Complex which will cost 76 million rupees will comprise 14 tanks. Construction work on the 15 storeyed Administrative Building has also commenced. Chairman of the Ports Authority Priyath Banduwickrema said the first ship is to anchor there in November and three ships can be harboured into the port in the first stage.
In the meantime, the Ports Authority has informed the public that no visitors will be entertained after the 15th of this month as work on the linking of the access road to the harbour and the sea will be carried out.