Sri Lanka hires Singapore firm to draw plans for Southern development
Sri Lanka has hired Singapore government-owned Surbana Jurong for $990,000 to draw up plans for urban development around a Chinese-funded Special Economic Zone that will straddle the Southern districts of Hambantota and Monaragala.
The 12,000 acre Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone which will cover the China-controlled Hambantota Port and parts of nearby Monaragala District will be developed by China Harbour Engineering Corporation in three phases.
The Chinese-government owned construction giant has hired to Surbana Jurong to design plans for the first two stages which will include housing, schools, community and entertainment infrastructure.
Sri Lanka has hired the same consultancy firm for $990,000 to draw up a master plan to develop urban and identified economic centres covering an area of 1,130 square kilometres around the Special Economic Zone,
Mostly arid, the area is home to half a million people and nature reserves.
Surbana Jurong designed the plans for the Western Region Megapolis and development of the Trincomalee District in the east.
Sri Lanka also wants to set up a special zone for start-ups in 250-500 acres of land as part of the Greater Hambantota development project.
Around 59 million rupees has been allocated for a project management unit under the Urban Development Authority with offices in Hambantota and Colombo and qualified staff.