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The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said yesterday that construction work on two out of four proposed domestic airports would be commenced this year in Bandarawela and Palavi.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva visited the Nayabadda Estate in Bandarawela where one of airports is to be constructed.

The airport, with a run-way length of 1.5km and a width of 20 metres, is to be constructed at a cost of Rs.1.3 billion. It would also include a small terminal building and a controlling tower. The construction is expected to be completed within a year.

The airport will be built on about 75 acres of an abandoned land which belongs to the Janatha Estate Development Board and will have a capacity of a maximum of 45 passenger aircrafts.

The feasibility report will be finalized after the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) visits the location for inspection.

Earlier it was decided to build an airport in Haputale, but due to technical reasons it was decided to shift the venue to Bandarawela.

The Ministry expects to construct four domestic airports in Kandy, Palavi, Trincomalee and Bandarawela.

“Once the construction of the airports is completed, they would be operated under a public–private partnership,” the ministry said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Riyazi Friday, 29 April 2016 02:42 AM

    We have to sell Srilankan...no way out..cease mihin lanka operations which might even sink Srilankan someday with bad staffs..mihin lanka staff are smuggling tobacco into other countries using their priority status.Srilankan must be reorganized.staff should be taught what service industry is..over weight airhostesses should be fired..no mercy..Srilankan should be re equiped with young attractive staff so that it might become commercially successful..

    MP for Ja-ela Wednesday, 27 April 2016 02:28 PM

    Why do you all criticize MRIA?? That's in the Srilankan DNA..Even in the past, people criticized the construction of Katunayaka Airport ...They said; there is Ratmalana airport...

    SL Wednesday, 27 April 2016 04:08 PM

    first finish the highway network.if MR is there he'd have completed Kandy-Col highway by now.

    Bala Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:13 AM

    Now that is real development. Not white elephants for personal glory.

    Reader Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:16 AM

    Proper feasibility study not only technical should be carried out and control investment level looking at what happened in MRIA now 3 years after opening.

    ahamed Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:27 AM

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    Ranjith Thursday, 28 April 2016 07:02 PM

    Sheer Madness !

    mnsmart Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:40 PM

    Before that add a few good compartments to the intercity trains. existing ones are 40 years

    karigalan Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:57 AM

    Way to goGood news Hope one day SL will be rich country

    Citizen Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:00 AM

    Yes must give priority and expeditethe work as this is the pressing need now with the country facing a financial crisis. via DM Android App

    Ama Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:10 AM

    Two more WHITE ELEPHANTS are to burden the public. Please refurbish the BIA to the international standard where all the tourists arrive first. In fact, one tourist actually told me that our Airport is not up to the international standard. First impression is very important when they arrive.

    TONY Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:17 AM

    IS'NT IMPROVEMENT OF THE ROAD NETWORK MORE IMPORTANT THAN AIRPORTS

    rahula Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:18 AM

    Sri Lanka is broke, its just business for China, more white elephant projects.

    Hamza Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:50 AM

    Thanks. It will be a big help for the estate workers.

    Ara Wednesday, 27 April 2016 12:03 PM

    Without wasting money build a rapid metro railway network like Singapore pls via DM Android App

    Dr. Neil Magedaragamage Thursday, 28 April 2016 02:56 PM

    Who are the people going to take a flight from any other destination to Bandarawela? How many individuals travel by air within the country to and from Bandarawela in any given time? How much valuable cargoes to be transported by air between any location within the country using this airport? I believe that only users of these airports are the politicians and public servants paid by public funds and that would be a minimum number and construction of this airport is not justifiable.

    Siril Wednesday, 27 April 2016 12:11 PM

    This is call wrong priorities. Pls concentrate on which is priority..

    S B Lokuge Wednesday, 04 May 2016 06:28 AM

    Is this air port build to store TEA?


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