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No plans whatsoever to sell MRIA: Prasanna Ranatunga

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The government has no plans whatsoever to sell the Mattala Airport (MRIA) to anyone, Industrial Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga today said.

Addressing a news briefing in Udugampola today, the minister said there was no truth in the reports which suggested otherwise. He said a statement he had made over streamlining the Mattala Airport management has been misinterpreted and being circulated on social media.

“There is no basis in the reports circulating on social media which have been concocted by defeated political elements to embarrass the government. The incumbent government has no streak for alienating national assets,” he said.

He said the new government adopts the policy of 'walk the talk', unlike the previous Yahapalana Government which said one thing and did another.

“The government has paid attention to developing the Mattala Airport as a passenger and as well as a cargo airport. Our objective is to make the airport an active one as soon as possible,” Minister Ranatunga said. (Pushpakumara Mallawaarachchi)


  Comments - 5

  • Jude Thursday, 12 December 2019 08:54 AM

    Well, no one interested!!! China buy only Sea ports!!! Yeah!!

    Sokrates Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:15 AM

    Be proud of the loneliest airport in the world

    DGee Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:41 AM

    No need to sell. Look at the initial project feasibility study and see where it has gone wrong and ensure it operates bringing in revenue sufficient to repay the loan. About 7 years have passed since commissioning and it deteriorates with time .

    Daniel M Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:30 AM

    somehow or other, you have to make this project successful.

    Ranjith Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:06 PM

    Please turn it round we want to see return on capital it was a foolish decision made my MR to built a another airport in Hambantota even sea port should have built in sea not inside the country


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