The main objective of opening the jetty is to promote tourism in East. Trincomalee would also be repositioned as the Eastern Tourism Hub,” said the Governor Eastern Province Rohitha Bogollagama. He said that a ‘Master Plan for the Development of the Trincomalee District’ has been prepared by the Western Development and Megapolis Ministry. “This is done jointly with Surbana Jurong, a Singaporean company and the plan was presented to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees.
According to the Master Plan, the first step would be the setting up of a special planning and development authority, which will be called the Master Plan Implementation Unit, which would be later upgraded to Trincomalee Metropolitan Planning and Development Authority.
“In addition to this Jetty plans are also underway to develop Trincomalee airport to which would be used for tourism and international standards to accommodate charter aircraft as well.“The government has also asked the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to formulate a project to improve the basic facilities of the Trincomalee City.”
Meanwhile Jurong Consultants Managing Director Philip Tan told that the plan would witness the development of an international airport, a new City Centre, multi-story parking centres, a amusement park, an international cricket stadium, several highways, specialized highways such as dedicated freight highways, a cruise terminal, container terminal at China Bay, an oil refinery and an LNG power plant. He further said that the entire Trincomalee project is to be completed by 2050.