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Sri Lanka updates map to include controversial Chinese projects

Sri Lanka’s Department of Survey released an updated map of the island earlier this week, to include the controversial Chinese projects in both Hambantota and Colombo.

The Hambantota port, built by the Chinese, was included in the map along with the Colombo Port City, expressways and other development projects started by the country in the last couple of years. Colombo has increased in size by 474.5 hectares since land reclamation for the project began, with work still ongoing.

Survey General of Sri Lanka P. M. P. Udayakantha said more changes will be required due to the changing landscape of the island.

The changes come despite fierce opposition from Sinhalese against both projects, with street protests erupting against the Hambantota port project late last year.


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