India to finance major harbour in Sri Lanka

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    New Delhi: India will provide financial aid to develop the biggest harbour in Sri Lanka's north to facilitate transportation of goods from nearby Indian ports, according to a Sri Lankan official in New Delhi.

    The Kankasanthurai harbour in Jaffna peninsula will be developed in two phases. The harbour is one of 10 sea and air entry points to the country.
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who holds the finance portfolio, presented to the cabinet the proposal to develop the harbour.

    Sri Lanka High Commission's Minister-Counsellor Sugeeswara Senadhira said the cabinet gave the green signal to the project last week.
    The project will involve repairs to the existing breakwater, jetty and deepening of the harbour. A new breakwater will also be constructed.

    "A Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian government is to be signed shortly," Senadhira told IANS.
    The harbour's development is expected to enable the economic and social development of war-torn northern Sri Lanka. The harbour will facilitate the transportation of goods from nearby Indian ports.

    After the Tamil Tigers were crushed in May 2009, Sri Lanka started major reconstruction programmes in its north and east. India is funding some of the projects.
     
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  3. Yusuf

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    I really don't know if SL really needs so many ports and how much it will help it. Colombo on the west and hambantota on the east is there. I am not sure of the business india has with SL. Hope the port will help india in one way or the other.
     
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    Kankesanthurai is actually a Sri Lankan Naval base and the harbor that is proposed to be developed by India is right next to it.
     

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