Iranaimadhu Airfield in the Kilinochchi District would be developed into a Domestic Airport as a part of the plan drawn by the Government to develop all areas from Point Pedro to Dondra, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said during the weekend.
He said this at the opening of several buildings belonging to the Faculties of the Jaffna University in Kilinochchi on Saturday.
“Developing the Iranaimadhu Domestic Airport and the Kankesanthurai Port is among the main focus of the Government when it comes to the development of the North,” the Prime Minister said.
He said an industrial zone would also be set up in Kankesanthurai and lands would be allocated for it soon.
He said plans were afoot to construct the Mannar-Vavuniya-Trincomalee Road.
The Prime Minister reiterated that coconut would be planted in the North and in the East as many trees would have to be felled in Gampaha and Kurunegala Districts.
“The Government will also look at the industrial development in the North,” he added.
Premier Wickremesinghe said the Government would also look at developing the Education Sector in the North.
“There is a University in Jaffna which is of high standards before the conflict. We hope to bring this high standard back,” he said.
Minister of Higher Education Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said his Ministry was also making a special focus to develop higher education in the North, just like the other areas.
He said the Government will also focus on providing hostel facilities to the University of Jaffna. (Yohan Perera and Sithum Chathuranga)
sHeHaN Sunday, 5 August 2018 19:33
This is a joke, cos SL needs expressway to Kilinochchi more than a Airport, despite there is a good AC train service to Kilinochchi already in operation so why airport. With rising fuel costs and already well established Train service to Killinochochi, this will be a Ranil version of MRs Mattala airport.
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Lankaboy Sunday, 5 August 2018 22:21
why would any one wants so many domestic airports in a small country where maximum distance in around 400km. A good train and road net work are important as it would play important role in any other industrial development. if there is another necessary for another international airport arise, Palaly should be give priority.
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Jay Monday, 6 August 2018 08:21
There is an airport in Jaffna. Why another airport.Again people have to travel from Iranamadu to Jaffna by road.I think this is a election hoax.dosen't add up.
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Citizen Sunday, 5 August 2018 19:42
Like the Volkswagon plant?
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Sincere Sunday, 5 August 2018 23:07
Why not? Its the only vehicle now without any import tax!
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Ganesh Sunday, 5 August 2018 19:47
Do not bring in the Indians to build these in the north.
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Sun Monday, 6 August 2018 18:19
Once construction commences in the North, the construction and mechanical skilled and unskilled will leave the Western Province to their homeland. Indians then could be imported to carry out the work in WP.
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Frequent traveller Sunday, 5 August 2018 21:29
Travel improvements are necessary for the developement of the country. Its difficult to get AC tickets at short notice to the north in the bone shaking train. Indian engineers constructed the track very well to Jaffna. Hats off to them.Once Palaly becomes an international airport, travel, economy, jobs and transport will develop by leaps and bounds. Whether India or Britain or USA we, beggars cant be choosers.
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Haramanis Monday, 6 August 2018 15:49
India has done many things here - including arming and training all terrorist groups including the LTTE!! perhaps we should be grateful???
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Ajja Sunday, 5 August 2018 22:19
Hon.PM.we are fedup with Air ports.Try to ease the bloody traffic in the city roads.Your government only do feasible reports but no action.get ready to go home soon...
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Sincere Sunday, 5 August 2018 23:06
At this rate, he might open a domestic airport in every city in Sri Lanka.
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Arnold Monday, 6 August 2018 07:09
Screw all this start the light rail network in Colombo for heavens sake.
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J A Nihal Peiris Monday, 6 August 2018 07:22
PM RW planning to construct Sophisticated Domestis Airport at Iranamadu and give the contract to their Henchman and siphoned off commissions and later selling Wholesale to India or China and getting second Kick backs
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Me Monday, 6 August 2018 08:05
Pay the project developer - LTTE
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Colombo Resident Monday, 6 August 2018 08:10
First build the marine road extension without any delay as people have to spend half hour stuck in traffic in Dehiwala every single day. Shameless policies of the present government.
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ananthan Monday, 6 August 2018 08:15
b4 you build the iranamadu domestic airport, you should build the goodwill among the UNP'ers idiot.I think you are best joker for 21st century.
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Ronnie Bugger Monday, 6 August 2018 08:59
Another fantasy. First it was the Volkswagen plant. Sri Lankans who wants to but a car go for the "S" economic family cars. Then he wants to replicate the Galle Stadium at Koggala. Tell the people whats wrong what with Galle ? Nothing except remove an eyesore of a construction that bears the name of a bygone egoist. Then he probably was the architect who wants to give stupendous pay hikes for the misfits in the Parliament - why? eyes on the Presidency through carrots - don't worry man - MS says not even 5 cents will be increased, and now, upgrade the Inrnamadu airstrip. Upgrade the highway and railway, you dreamer.
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Jaliya Monday, 6 August 2018 09:09
This idiot doesn't know the North from the South East from West ...... a bus stand from a thrishow stand. He is elected to ruin the country and your life but enhance the family wealth of Mahendran and himself.
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Dhammika Monday, 6 August 2018 10:04
A BIG talker with NO action or implementation . First complete what RW has promised without making more unrealastic promises , PLEASE .
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Ajja Monday, 6 August 2018 11:59
Hon.PM these common peoples comments are more than enough for you to know where you stand.shame..You are a day dreaming PM.
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frank Monday, 6 August 2018 12:11
Ranil wickremasinghe step down you filthy Moron,dont evertry to be the selected Preasidential candidate,with your Rouge collegues.Ravi,tilak Marapana ,Mallick samarawickrema,Sagala Rathnayake akila and otherswe will have a huge Demonstration as palanned in fron of the fort railway station step down now you filthy Bastard
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Coconuthead Monday, 6 August 2018 12:44
Coconut need rain. Irranamadu did not get sufficient rain during last 3 years. Instead of AirPort better to give subsidiary to bring the the agricultural product to Colombo.
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Nuwan Monday, 6 August 2018 13:12
One built an airport in the South. Didn't bother asking the people in Hambanthota whether they wanted it. This dude is proposing an airport in Iranamadu, without asking what people living in that area wanted. I'm not from there, but I guarantee the airport is not on their list of priorities. (Don't say it's federalism, because, I'm sure that also is not even in their list.)
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sam Monday, 6 August 2018 13:13
What an idiot sell of everything in the south and build everything in the North and EAST a puppet and pathetic excuse of a human being
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sacre blieu Monday, 6 August 2018 13:48
Goes against the grain of development of the natural resources of the area and drifting into more an unforeseeable dream. Kankesanthurai has a rich deposit of high quality clinker and the cement factory should be immediately reconstructed and run. The harbor and airport should be improved catering to the needs of the industries and businesses., and not end up as white elephants.
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Sun Monday, 6 August 2018 18:24
His Excellency the President is opening projects at a rate these days, who's brain child, RW. Silent but constructive.
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ANGLICAN PONYL Monday, 6 August 2018 19:58
Is this another VolkWagon style Airport??????????? So you selling the Airport we have and building Another one????????? Magical economic wisdom! Cheers
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