Galle port is set to be overhauled with the commencement of the breakwater development to dock all passenger vessels to Galle at the outer port area to further strengthen facilities for tourism promotional activities,
A new Yacht Marina Zone will also be established soon in the Port of Galle to promote tourism. State Minister of Ports Development Kanaka Herath disclosed.
The facilities provided to Yachts at the Galle Port had been damaged during the tsunami but the basic facilities were restored in 2015.
The proposed development will provide a fully-fledged Yacht Marina Zone for the Galle Port with the objective of making the port a tourist port.
The Galle city is gifted with many attractions, such as coastal beds with pure blue oceans and coral reefs, tropical rain forests, legends attached, the colossal Dutch Fortress, a world heritage site and archeological artifacts.
The Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting on Tuesday has approved a plan to develop the Galle Port with an investment of $ 175 million under a Public-Private Partnership.
The aim is to convert Galle into a regional commercial port with additional emphasis on tourism. With new private sector investments, leisure-based commercial activities will be developed as per the proposal submitted by Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena.
The Galle Port breakwater, currently 10 metres deep, is estimated to cost approximately $ 175 million to expand it to a depth of 18-20 metres.
Following this week’s Cabinet approval, Expression of Interest (EOIs) will be called from the private sector to proceed with the project.
Cabinet Co-Spokesman and Plantations Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said that a feasibility study had been completed on the overall development plan for Galle Port and it had been endorsed by environmentalists and the UNESCO.
Ships calling at Galle Port have been on the decline in recent years. Last year only 22 ships had called at Galle Port as against 43 in 2019 and 84 in 2018.