The constructions of Pluvil Port Development Project was inaugurated with the initiative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Oluvil. The Port construction works are thus being carried out under the guidance of Minister of Port, Aviation Irrigation & Water Management Chamal Rajapaksa.
The President addressing the gathering at the occasion stated that the whole development process implemented in the Eastern region would be expedited with the commencement of construction work of the Oluvil Port Development Project. The President also said that all steps would be taken to secure democratic rights not only of the people in the East but also of the communities in the North.
The Project which had been limited only to discussions for a long time period is thus commenced offering priority to the Oluvil Port development via “Negenahira Nawodaya” launched for the expidited development of the Eastern region of the country.Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Denmark contractors signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of Oluvil Port Project on 13.03.2008. Denmark construction company, namely MT Hojgaard stands responsible for the construction works while the Denmark Government provides financial assistance for the Oluvil Port Project. The Project worth Euro Million 46.1 is scheduled to be completed within 27 months.
The South Eastern Region of Sri Lanka comprising the districts of Ampara, Batticaloa and Moneragala is comparatively less developed compare to the other Western Regions due to the tack of infrastructure facilities mainly the poor highway access and the absence of a railway link.
The government of Sri Lanka, in its plan to give impetus to economic development in this area, has decided to build a port at a site in Oluvil.
The proposed Oluvil Port Development Plan comprises the construction of a commercial port and a basin for fishing crafts. The Port will be located at Oluvil on the east coast of Sri Lanka, 8 km north of Akkaraipatthu and 17km south of Kalmunai.
The total project comprises of two stages. Two nibble mound breakwaters, the Northern Breakwater of length of 475m and the Southern Breakwater of 740m would enclose a total water area of around I6ha for the first stage. Around 10 ha of the water area would be used for the commercial harbour activities and balanced area would be used for fisheries activities. In stage 01, the basin of the commercial harbour would be dredged to 8m LWOST to cater for 5000 DWT vessels and facilities will also be constructed for fisher crafts, and also to supply water and fuel for them. During the second stage of the project the basin wilt be dredged up to 11 m LWOST to cater for 16000 DWT vessels and is expected to expand the water area up to 24 ha.
The main objective of the project is to develop a harbour with appropriate shore facilities to cater to general cargo vessels required to supply the current needs of the area, including costal passenger transport, with provision for expansion into a bigger harbour in the future. The harbour would also cater to the requirements of the current and projected fishing activities and its shore -based services and industries.
The port will also, help to reduce the employment problem by 2010 providing about 1000 direct and indirect employment opportunities and providing 10,000 employment opportunities by 2015. People in the region will also be benefited by the introduction of industries such as cement, sugar and fertilizer related to the Oluvil port, and also by granting a value added market for the regional industries in the East.
Granting housing facilities with a total expenditure of Rs. 200 Million as compensation to those who sacrificed properties for the port project has been completed. Environmental clearance has also been obtained from relevant authorities.
With the most accurate guidance and supervision of Hon Minister of Port, Aviation, Irrigation and Water Management Chamal Rajapaksa, Oluvil Port construction Project has been launched along with several other mega port development programmes such as the Hambantota and Colombo South Port development projects aiming the total national economic develop of the country. It is certain that the present period of time will be marked in gold therefore, in the history as an era of port development in Sri Lanka.
Minister of Port Development -Dilan Perera,Minister of Housing & Common Amenities Mrs. Ferial Ashreff, Minister of Water Supply and Drainase - A.L.M. Athallah,Minister of Youth Affairs -Mrs. Pavithra Wanniarachchi,Minister Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development - A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Felix Perera, Deputy Minister of Power & Energy – Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Governerer of the Western Province, Alavi Mowlana, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Saliya Wickramasuriya, Executive Director Dr. Sanjaya Sedara Senerath, and Director Prasanna Kalutharage also participated at the occasion.