“The sediment barriers are just like the Great Wall on the water. This is truly of great wisdom,” a Sri Lankan engineer exclaimed after seeing the sediment barriers built around the Colombo Port City to stop the flying sand enter into the city when the Port City’s land reclamation was going on.
China and Sri Lanka are working closely together under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, and the fruits of its cooperation have indeed brought tangible benefits for both sides.
Sri Lanka, renowned for its unique natural landscape, has always attached great importance to protecting the nature, and has launched a series of strict environmental protection regulations, which consequently requires the Belt and Road projects in the island not only to be profit oriented, but more importantly, to be environment oriented.
Over the years, all the successful projects, such as the Colombo Port City and the Colombo International Container Terminal, have proven that when China-Sri Lanka cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative injects new impetus to the economic development of the island country, it has also effectively protected the blue skies.
Spread over reclaimed land from the sea adjacent to the current commercial district of Colombo, the Colombo Port City, co-developed by the Sri Lankan government and China’s CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of the China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), will in future become a commercial, financial, residential and international entertainment hub in the Indian Ocean.
The 269-hectare land reclamation of the Colombo Port City was completed early this year, with Sri Lankan Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka saying it was a “technological marvel” and “one of the most spectacular development projects Sri Lanka had ever seen.”
However, for the Chinese constructors participating in the project, they would rather describe it as a green technological marvel.
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