Deputy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has said that the construction of the Hambantota Harbour is important for the development of the country’s economy.
He pointed out the blue print was prepared the year 1900 to construct a harbour, during the colonial era. This was attributed to the large number of ships exceeding 200 passing this location daily. Plans to construct the harbour prior to 100 years could not be realized. It is a notable feature that the President launched this project at a time when there was a major conflict in the country.
The Deputy Minister opined that this project would generate 5000 direct jobs while the economic condition of hundreds of thousands of people will improve due to the construction.