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Rs300m Japanese funds boost

New jetty to service tourists

By Roger 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 assistance
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 month.
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 friendly people.

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.