|Rs300m Japanese funds boost
NEGOMBO JETTY TO SERVICE TOURISTS
Fernando, our Negombo Corr.
Negombo lagoon with enormous resources in flora and
fauna, especially in its mangroves, is beckoning an
increasing number of tourists and to simplify their
access, a new jetty is being built with Japanese
The Japanese International Co-operation Agency
(JAICA) is funding the building for the new jetty
for tourists to have a boat tour in the lagoon.
It is felt that the tourists could also enjoy bird
watching in the nearby envisaged Bird-Sanctuary
situated in a beautiful island next to this jetty.
The Rs.314.26 million jetty project was started in
March 2009 and is expected to be completed next
The Land Reclamation and Development Corporation is
overseeing its construction.
The contractors say the work has got delayed a
little as there is some opposition from some
fishermen in the area.
This jetty is built on the Custom House Road,
Negombo, close to the Hamilton Canal which goes up
to the mouth of Maha Oya River.
“The Little Rome” – a pet-name used for Negombo, is
already a centre of tourist attraction in the
Western Province with its golden beaches and
The hotel industry here too suffered as a
consequence of the war and many hotels in Negombo
were even closed down. Blue Lagoon Hotel, a
beautiful holiday resort situated by the side of
beautiful lagoon at Talahena in Negombo, is a good
example of this.
Yet many hotels managed to exist and survive amidst
the turmoil and with the end of the war almost all
the hotels seem to be enjoying a new dawn.