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Ranil promises huge development for Jaffna

One hundred billion worth of projects that include regional airport, new Town Hall, Ports development, regional airport and industrial zone

PriMinister Ranil Wickremesinghe being escorted to a public meeting in Jaffna

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is promising a hundred billion rupee development program for the Northern Province which includes a New Town Hall and other infrastructure projects.

Speaking at a public rally in Jaffna town on 7 Sept the Prime Minister said that the foundation stone for the New City Hall was laid and construction will begin speedily.

He said that the development program that has been planned with inputs from local Members of Parliament and the Mayor and Jaffna Municipal Councilors.

He also thanked the Indian government for the modern Civic Centre that New Delhi is funding and is expected to be opened to the public next year.

The Prime minister also spoke of the plans to develop the Palali airport as a regional airport which will be renamed as the Jaffna Airport. “This will ensure the influx of tourists to the Peninsula,” he said.

He added that the transport system for the islands will be developed separately and that the Kankesanturai port will be improved and an industrial zone established in the former Cement Factory premises.

He said there was much destruction during the war and he also reminded the audience that he was part of attempts to bring peace several times in 1987, 1995 and 2002. “But they all failed,”he said.

Wickremesinghe said that the spiritual, cultural and political centre of the Sri Lankan Tamil people is Nallur where ruins of an ancient palace remain.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Deputy Minister Vijayakala Maheshwaran, several Tamil National Alliance MPs, Governor Suren Raghavan and other dignitaries.