All Sri Lankans have been invited to witness the historic occasion of filling the basin of the Hambantota Harbour with water. The permission given for the public to have a view of the Harbour before the filling of water ended today.
Chairman of the Ports Authority Dr. Priyath Banduwickrema said they expected a large crowd on this day and it was to provide facilities for the public to witness this historic occasion that they had suspended public visits from tomorrow. It will take about 30 days to complete the filling of the Harbour basin with water. He pointed out that the public need not worry as the waters will not touch into the basin immediately. He also intimated a message to the visitors, particularly women. It was a very hard floor and called on them to prevent wearing high heeled shoes. It would ensure their safety.
This was the first time that the Sri Lankans received a rare occasion to have a view of the basin of an international Harbour. Hundreds of thousands of people visited the Hambantota Port to view the Harbour basin. In addition, the Ports Authority has drawn up a special programme to grant the people an opportunity to view the historic occasion of the Harbour being filled with water. The authority said that all facilities will be given to the public to enter without any obstructions, the premises of the Hambantota Harbour from 4.00 am on Sunday.