The Oluvil Port Project, considered as a futile venture, is to be ‘opened’ next month. Despite the fact that this project has cost the country’s tax payers a colossal amount of money amounting to Euro 46.1 million, it is now said that only ships that carry cargo up to 10,000 tons can enter the port, which, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) employees say is a ‘real joke’.
“In order to extend his support to Kumaranatunge, Ashroff demanded a port to Oluvil and the Ports Minister portfolio to which the President agreed. This was initiated in mid 1990s but the work is still going on without any progress but spending the loan money lavishly,” added Mahagamage.
He further queried as to how a port could start operational work if there are no cranes. “If a ship comes with the load of cargo how can they off load them without cranes.”
Meanwhile, Udeni Kalutantri, Secretary of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya Ports Authority branch said that Oluvil port has been identified as an election port.