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The controversial Colombo Port City project | (File photo)

The Sri Lankan Government has already started fresh high-level discussions with the Chinese officials on restarting the Chinese-funded Colombo Port City Project early next year, The Nation learns.

The Nation also reliably learns that the Government would give its approval to restart the stalled project by February. The Government is at present conducting high-level discussions with the Chinese Government over the status of the Chinese projects in Sri Lanka. The Government temporarily suspended the US$ 1.4 billion project in March launched by the previous government in partnership with China in September last year.

The government said it was reviewing the award of the project to China Communications Construction Co Ltd. over the allegations that the previous administration breached local laws and sidestepped environmental requirements for the deal. The official has said that the necessary documents including the Environmental Management Plan have already been submitted to the Sri Lankan Government and the documents are currently under review.