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Sri Lanka southern airport attracts Indian interest
29 Jan, 2008 07:04:16
Jan 29, 2008 (LBO) – India's Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) says it is interested in building an airport in southern Sri Lanka and a delegation is visiting the island this week for talks.
Sri Lanka has proposed a second international airport in the southern town of Weerawila in the Hambantota district.

CIAL said its delegation which was visiting the island on the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapakse would be in Sri Lanka until February 02.

"The delegation will also visit the proposed airport site at southern Sri Lanka followed by further discussions with the concerned ministers and senior officials of Government of Sri Lanka about the steps required to undertake the project," CIAL managing director S Bharath said in a statement.

CIAL said President Rajapase was "extremely impressed" at the facilities at Cochin airport when he visited Kerala in December 2005 and when presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga visited New Delhi in September 2007 the first discussions had started.

Bharath had then made a presentation to Weeratunga in the presence of Sri Lankan High Commissioner (ambassador) C R Jayasinghe and principal secretary to the Indian prime minister T K A Nair.

The Cochin airport was opened in 1999 and was built with private sector support. It is only 26 percent owned by India's central and state governments and has been supported by other corporations and capital from the expatriate Indian community.

State-run Indian Oil Corporation already operates a tank farm in the island's north-eastern port city of Trincomalee and has a third of the fuel distribution business of the island.

Another state-firm National Thermal Power Corporation is to set up a joint venture coal fired power station with Sri Lanka's state power utility, the Ceylon Electricity Board.

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4. Das Jul 29
Beware of the disloyal christians and muslims from Kerala who have heavily funded this CIAL! These religious groups have their loyalties to the middle east and the west and they are india's No. 1. enemies. Don't let these people enter your country and turn it into a christian/muslim state. They have other things on their mind. Be careful!
3. Das Samuel Feb 01
Batticaloa airstrip was built in 90 days in the late fifties by the SL Army Volunteer Engineering Regiment, in a cost effective manner. Ampara airstrip was built similarly.
2. Das Samuel Feb 01
A tuberculosis hospital was sited at weerewila until the seventies as the dry warm low humid air was suitable for the patients. It was surrounded by scrub jungle - part of the hambantota Dry Zone.

It is a horrible place for an airport. Earl lier it was said that "Hambantota will become like Singaore" ! ! This I would like to see.

1. XXX Jan 31
Is not that a security risk to allow South Indians to mange an Int'l airport in south of Srilanka.???

Why can not Sri Lankans be given an investment opportunity to build this. Srilankans have investment capacity... Foreign managment may be a security risk in future considering LTTE threat.