- Sagala says transformation will not be at the expense of historic value
Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said on Tuesday the Galle Harbour, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest harbours, would be transformed into a tourist port under a comprehensive development plan.
Ratnayaka made these remarks following an observation tour to the Galle Harbour. The Minister stated that the new developments of the port should not affect its historic value in any manner.
Galle, an active regional port, has been recognised by international yacht societies as one of the world’s best attractions for yachting. This was Ratnayaka’s first visit to the Galle Harbour after assuming duties as the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development.
The Government last year indicated that the area around the Galle Harbour would be transformed into a marina with the aim of attracting high-end tourists. During the visit, Ratnayaka highlighted the tourism potential of the Galle harbour and added that it would at the heart of the transformation of the Southern Province.
The Minister also exchanged his views on the port development with the staff and urged them to be the driving force in the planned transformation. He said the Galle Harbour had immense economic potential and could support the country’s development in multiple ways.
The Minister went on to add that the Prime Minister’s decision to the subjects of Ports and Shipping and Southern Development under one ministry would accelerate the Galle Harbour’s transformation.
UNP Galle District Parliamentarian Wijepala Hettiarachchi, UNP Habaraduwa Organiser Tharaka Nanayakkara and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority also joined the Minister during the observation visit.