The Sri Lankan Government will soon begin a dialogue with India to develop Palaly and Batticaloa airports, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.
The Prime Minister who was speaking at the opening of the Mailady Fisheries Harbour in Jaffna said the government would start a dialogue with India to develop the two airports with a view of developing the tourism industry in the North and the East.
“We will get into a dialogue with the Indian Government to develop the Palali and Batticaloa Airports. “ Palaly will be developed into a regional airport. We also intend to introduce a ferry service in the North to enhance tourism. A number of other projects will be introduced to attract tourists in the area."
“We will have to acquire some lands to expand the Palaly Airport", the Prime Minister added.
He said the government had allocated Rs 14 billion for the development of the Northern Province. The Prime Minister said tab computers would be given to children in the North as well. He also said trained teachers will also be placed in the province in order to enhance quality education.
“Jaffna was one of the key cities in the country during my childhood but it lost the status because of the war. I pledge to restore this status once again,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also pledged to release the remaining 200 acres of land in the North. He said a total of 80,000 acres have been released from 2009 to this date since the end of the war. (Yohan Perera)
Saman Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:44 PM
Ranil , why don't you ask India to develop your front garden at home. Its looks a bloody jungle.
Kapila Senaratne Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:58 PM
Mr. Prime Minster are you after people’s vote? Don’t do this Sir! You had a almost 5 yrs. let someone else do it.
Mandayan Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:53 PM
It is better for us to realise now that the nation’s north and east got the linguistic link key to massive Indian market.
Jayanath Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:03 PM
What’s is the bloody difference? He said former regime is making it a colony of China. Now he is doing it a colony of India in that sense. He claimed will make a difference. The difference is China to India. He take you all voters are fools as you were easily fooled in 2015.
Arthur Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:44 PM
I don’t think the people in Jaffna would be happy to have their Palali Airport to be developed by the Indians. Only the Tamil Politicians would be happy to have the Indians back in Jaffna.
Tamil Saturday, 17 August 2019 11:24 PM
Mandayan, “Linguistic Link” ? . Have you heard about what happened in North and East in 1987.
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