Colombo Port City clarifies: No charge for personal photography…

(MENAFN – NewsIn.Asia)

Colombo, Jan 22 (newsin.asia): Authorities in the Chinese-built, $1.4 billion port city of Colombo said on Saturday that they would not charge any fees for photography and personal videography, but would charge varying fees for professional photography and videography. .

A press release issued by the Colombo Harbor Engineering Company Port City Colombo Pvt. Limited, said, “Port City Colombo would like to reiterate that a fee will only be charged for PROFESSIONAL photo or video shoot requests (for personal or business reasons) in public places in Port City. There is NO truth to the social media posts that speculate that the public has to pay to take selfies, photos or videos on occasional visits.

“Fees will only be applicable for filming/photography of personal ceremonies, weddings, product or fashion promotions, music videos, commercials or other types of commercial filming. The revenue from these will be used for the maintenance of public areas, toilets and garbage cleaning carried out by the Property Management Company (EMC) which manages the public areas of Port City Colombo.

The clarification followed stories appearing on social media and TV news channels on Friday which, showing the rate card, said the port city would charge at least 30,000 rupees to take photos (presumably even with mobile phones). A Daily Mirror front-page article said on Saturday that a pay slip introduced by Port City stated that if people wanted to take professional photos and videos for personal use, a payment of between 30,000 and 50,000 rupees should be paid. be performed. .

According to the payment sheet for “personal” shoots, if the shoot involved 2-5 people for one to three hours, a sum of Rs.30,000 should be paid, and if there were 6-10 people, for the same duration. , the sum would be Rs.50,000. If there were more than 10 people involved in the project for the same time period, then the payment was listed as “variable”.

For “commercial purposes”, if there are less than 10 people involved in the photo or video shoot for the same duration, a sum of Rs 100,000 would be charged. And if there are more than 10 people for the same period, the amount invoiced is indicated as “variable”.

Gateway to the port city of Colombo. Photo: Tang Lu/Xinhua.

The Public Relations Officer of Colombo Harbor Engineering Company Port City Colombo Pvt. Limited, Kassapa Senarath, confirmed to the Daily Mirror the authenticity of the payment requirements but clarified that they did not apply to those wishing to take selfies, pose for photos or video in the public viewing area when they visit the marina.

He said when the public gallery in Port City Colombo recently opened, many social media users, musicians and even businesses came with professional camera equipment to film to advertise their products.

Kassapa pointed out that this poses a barrier for workers at the site as the port city is still a construction site and the safety of workers and others must be maintained while adhering to all health guidelines relating to the pandemic.

On why the public should make payment to the Bank of China, Kassapa said the organization maintains an account with the local branch of the Bank of China.

More than 90,000 people, young and old, rich and poor, locals and foreigners, had visited the Marina in the first week itself. The marina was becoming overcrowded. A daily pointed out that it could pose a threat of COVID infection if there is no crowd control. Reports say authorities will now only allow 700 visitors at a time.

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Stewart C. Hartline