Lawyers are of the view that a gazette notification alone will not be sufficient, since this city will have international laws governing it.
However, joint opposition’s Bandula Gunawardena warns legal action if the laws are implemented through a gazette notification.
In consideration of this situation, preliminary arrangements for a constitutional amendment are underway to include tax levying, environmental laws and other matters in the port city.
That is being done by a team of lawyers led by former attorney general Yuvanjan Wijetilake.
The amendment will then be referred to the Legal Draftsman’s Department.
When contacted, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office said the amendment was being done on the PM’s advice in order to run activities of the port city without any issue.