But March changed all that. Young Asanka, who was a senior planning engineer at the 1.4-billion dollar Port City project, funded by China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC), in the capital Colombo, lost his job after the indefinite suspension of the project by the new Sri Lankan government.
"I am not in a proper state of mind to speak to anyone. I am newly married but I am away from my wife. I had so many plans during the holidays. My wife and I planned to visit my wife's hometown of Badulla to meet her relatives but without a job how can I face anyone?" Asanka said.
The project was started in September last year. It has given direct or indirect employment to some 5,000 local employees. Aside from the jobs generated, the project also benefited many small- time local companies that supplied materials for the construction.
However due to the government's sudden decision to temporarily suspend the Port City project, the local employees in the island nation are now jobless, a very sad development, especially during the holiday season.
"No one thought of the laborers before the government suspended the project just before the local New Year. Our families are suffering because of what happened. Many of the laborers have little children and this year they will not be celebrating the New Year because their fathers are out of jobs, It is very sad," Asanka said.
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