The current Government has taken many reasonable initiatives to hear the public views on the Colombo Port City Project compared to the environment that prevailed in the country in 2011, the Appellate Court stated yesterday (Monday 25th).
President of the Court of Appeals, Justice Vijith Malalgoda stated that giving an opportunity to solicit views of the public in securing a new environmental evaluation report with regard to the project, was a justifiable step.
The judge announced this when the writ petition filed by Centre for Environmental Justice was taken for consideration today at the court.
He further stated that it is more appropriate to reach a suitable strategy other than reaching new agreements or temporarily suspending the project.
However, the petitioner’s party pointed out that there are shortcomings in the new environmental evaluation report adhered to with regard to the environment.
The CEJ had cited the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Director General of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource, the Central Environmental Authority, the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, the Chinese Harbor Engineering Company and the Attorney General as respondents.
The Appeals Court ordered to take up the petition on March 16th.