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Difficulties in finding an appropriate place had delayed the proposed Nuwara Eliya Air Port project, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said.

“We are still on the look out for a proper place to start the project,” President said at a ceremony held in Nuwara Eliya. The ceremony was held to commence the second phase of Nuwara Eliya Gregory Lake garden.

Speaking about the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) the President said it would be advantageous for the future generation.

“We are working for the future of the country. It may be true that we are not receiving benefits of MRIA and Hambantota Port today. But we will benefit from them in near future,” he said.

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  • Sidath Athukorala Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:52 PM

    In the next election, the president will drop the idea of an airport in Nuwara Eliya due to lack of land and promise a harbour .

    Renu Dissanay7ake Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:23 AM

    Can't you complete it befor the election? , We are the Miracle of Asia and you are the Magician

    mack Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    why a county with about 325 km has to have airports in every province? via DM Android App

    roshan Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    near future=100 years via DM Android App

    Rama Tuesday, 20 August 2013 06:46 AM

    Need to Correct like this way,

    Those projects would be advantageous for the my future generations.

    juit Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:05 PM

    They dont care about the profits.Rajavassas already got thier pocket full by illegal commissions. Thats all they care about.

    Renu Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:07 PM

    President says he is labelled a Dictator, No, not only you the Whole Clan has aquired dictatorship which even the International community is aware of

    Goofy Tuesday, 20 August 2013 06:55 AM

    Air Port in Nuwara Eliya, election talk. What about crude oil from Lake Gregory.

    Ranil Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:08 PM

    but people in Colombo has to go to Negombo to fly, its distance, we dont have an Airport in the Capital, Mathara, Hambanthota, Kandy or NE still fly less than compare to people in the capital so MR need to consider developing Rathmalana to international standards that will help everyone, even the delegations coming to SL staying at Hilton etc, from Rathmalana its just few minutes drive

    sham Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:00 AM

    Kandy is a best place to build the next airport..
    i think Kandy would be better comparing to NE

    Rohan Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:19 PM

    well said

    Ranil Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:02 AM

    why dont develop Rathmalana ?

    Goofy Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:09 AM

    President campaigning in Nuwara Eliya, Opposition leader campaigning in India. Oops!

    Goofy Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:10 AM

    That will be considered when there is an election in Kandy. Wait for your turn.

    Goofy Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:13 AM

    Can do something for the present. We have heard this future generation from the time of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranayake.

    Manesh Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:27 AM

    Oh its election time. Just only airport, why not a sea port or harbor like Hambantota one in N'eliya ?

    saradiyal Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:28 AM

    Before worrying about future, fix current problems. Such as communal disharmony, lack of law and order, lack of democracy, drug menace and rest of it.

    LondonBuwa Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:32 AM

    The country is bigger than just the Western Province.
    Do you think people in Manchester come down to London to fly? or those in Bengaluru need to go to New Delhi? Sri Lanka needs to decentralise itself from Colombo and the Western Province. The final locations will be chosen due to political reasons (like Hambantota instead of somewhere more sensible like Matara). Somewhere in the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya may not be a bad idea. An airport to service the Central and North-East regions of Sri Lanka would be welcome

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:36 AM

    Since there is not much of finding oil this time, he is trying to fool the Nuwara Eliya people by talking of an airport in this election time.

    Who needs an airport in Nuwara Eliya?

    Jayantha Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:44 AM

    How on earth can we invest on non-productive projects in the mistaken belief that in the future people will benefit? Mattala and Hambantota projects are dead ducks. There is no logical explanation to spend billions of borrowed money for mega non-productive ego seeking projects. Can anyone with little bit of sense justify another mega project to build an airport in Nwuraeliya? Let me give a brief on air-ports/strips in this banana republic. Ratmanala -- Koggala-- Weeravila--- Mattala-- Ampara-- Batticoloa--- Trincomalee-- Palali--- Iranamadu--- Hingurakkgoda-- Vaunia--- Anuradhapura--- Sigiriya-- Katunayaka-- for fixed wing aircrafts. I think there are three locations for amphibian air crafts. For a country of 65,000 sq km of land we have 17 airports which makes an airport for every 3800 sq. km. We must be the only country which have such a record? What do we call ourselves? IDIOTS--- JOKERS--POL MODAYAS- PISSU HATAN- EGISTIC DOKEYS.

    ROHAN Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    Wewa goda kara gahamu Air port ekak... ethkota weda 2kak wenawa... Dan manampitiyen weli genawa... $ 300 withara raten pita yanawa DIESEL walata.... .Dreger damala weli pump karala SODAPU WELI western province walata dunna nam parawal block wenne naha me lorry nisa... Nel. Air port gahuwoth Ai Nuwara Eli gihilla iwari.. Owa karanna passe..dan kalabala nathuwa inna.. via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:54 AM

    What humbug...mega developments is based on neccessities and business plan as this is enormous public money and not to whims and fancies of a meglomaniac. Hambantota Harbor, Mihin and MRIA are not even breakeven nor 10% loss, but truthfully a 100% loss to the public being mutilmillion projects. Simple example of a leaders "pada show".

    Yehiya Tuesday, 20 August 2013 07:59 AM

    Enough enough airports.Country economic related transport is
    train service & small ferry boats.First need the train service to seaport & airport.Most of developed countries train service to upto airport terminal with non-luxury service.

    Yehiya Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:00 AM

    No profit.Half done.

    Wenura Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:04 AM

    You are tuching the bread and butter of them

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:24 PM

    This is the priority of the country right now.

    Thisami Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:07 AM

    Investing into non value adding projects to add commission to MR family's bank a/c

    John Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:34 AM

    You could not have put it mr clearly! Why not improve the lot of the majority of the population who use buses and trains, or is that too basic thinking for our bird-brained rulers?

    Sherlock & watson Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:36 AM

    Another kite flying zone

    Rajash Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:04 AM

    No
    He should have said "we ARE not be benefitting from these projects.....UNFORTUNATELY THE FUTURE GENERATION HAVE TO PY FOR IT.....

    Impartial Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    JUst to be In power
    please do not fool the innocent ignorant masses. already our country's loaned to China building
    onharbours. please solve the most urgent requrements later you could think about the other developments that is if you are genuine. via DM Android App

    ANTON Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:43 PM

    NOT AIRPORT, COMMISSION, COMMISSION, COMMISSION.

    dalu banda Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:34 AM

    Making a place for an airport at Nèlliya is an another project. Perhaps we could buldoze few mountainous, blast a huge rock outcrops and form a very wide flat land at a cost. My only worry is that unlike in "Mattala", the landing and take off would be very risky in a " wet & misty environment" . Under the circumstances, the "future Generations" would decide to take "land rout" to mitigate the "air risk".

    yazza Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    there's already one air port. with no aeroplanes...why do we need another via DM Android App

    Punny Pellow Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:26 AM

    The best site is where the Dalada Maligawa is situated or else the Kandy Lake can always be filled to make runway!!.

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:57 AM

    as a person from Nuwaraeliya district I don't see any urgent need of an Airport for Nuwara Eliya.

    sampath Dassanayake Tuesday, 20 August 2013 10:37 AM

    Urgent need is to extend railway line to Nuwara Eliya

    Vaz Tuesday, 20 August 2013 10:40 AM

    Unfortunately Hambanthota is not in NE, so it is hard to find a place


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