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Govt. will not hand over Palaly airport to India: Nimal Siripala

19 September 2018 06:50 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The government had not taken any decision to hand over the Palaly domestic airport to India or any other country and said it would be developed in partnership with the Tourism Development Fund and Civil Aviation Authority, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said yesterday.

He told Parliament that not only the Palaly domestic airport but also Higurakgoda, Baticaloa, Koggala, Digana and Trincomlee airports would be developed as domestic airports to cater to the needs of the people.

Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa asked in Parliament whether the government was planning to hand over the Palaly airport to the Indian Civil Aviation Authority as reported in Indian media.

“There is no truth in that report. We have no intention to hand over the airport to India or any other country. However, it will be developed in partnership with the Tourism Development Fund and Civil Aviation Authority. We develop these airports not to hand them over to any other country” he said.(Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 12

  • Dee Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:23 AM

    These domestic airports should have been developed in the first place. What was done instead? Egoism made a useless runway in the middle of nowhere, and called it an 'air port'!

    Arnold Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:41 AM

    In other worlds, its already given!!

    Mama Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:17 AM

    No one believe your short stories any more

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:29 AM

    So Weerawansa did not question when Hambantota was given for 99 years sovereignty to China, but now when it is India he wants to know.... double game fellow.

    Tamil Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:20 AM

    Buffalo,Tamils in Jaffna do not want the Indians to come back again,they are happy to see the Chinese who did not kill and rape in Jaffna. So you a pathetic Indian stop pretending to be a Sri Lankan Tamil.

    Andrew Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:19 AM

    To hand over the Palali air port to India or any country. Even to contemplate on a idea like that is scandalous.To hand over any part of our country to any other nation will amount to treason.

    Mandayan Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:29 AM

    Then how comes Hambantota go to China?

    Sinhala Buddhist Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:28 PM

    Good. Now take back the oil farms handed over on a silver platter to the "Indiots" by Mr. Bean in 2003

    Mr. Bean Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:35 PM

    This nation should NOT secede any strategic space especially in the NE theater to India - the creators of terrorism in our motherland. Three generations lost their lives. RW are you awake?

    Kumara Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:11 PM

    People of Sri lanka including Sinhala,Tamil and Muslim must unite to develop and happily live in the country, then no foreign power will interfere. What is happening now is exploitation by foreign powers. Sri lankans Beware! Unity is strength!

    Mindset Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:18 PM

    Palaly airport is given to Indian aviation dept to develop it into international standard. It is not gifted to India. I cannot understand the modayas line of thinking. Grow up SL.

    Rohan Wednesday, 19 September 2018 06:01 PM

    You have a gullible mindset.


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