Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has begun a hearing into petitions against plans for a giant China-backed special economic zone that had been slated to house financial businesses, entertainment and casinos.

The petitioners are challenging the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill, which will establish the Colombo Port City, which has also been dubbed as “Sri Lanka’s new Dubai.” It will be a city built on 2.6 square kilometers of reclaimed land and funded by $1.4 billion in Chinese investment.

SC commences hearing into Port City Economic Commission Bill (Daily Times)