May 07, 2013 (LBO) – State-run Dredging Corporation of India has dredged Sri Lanka’s Kankasanthurai Habhour in the northern Jaffna peninsular, in a two week operation, India’s High Commission (embassy) in Colombo said. A ‘trailer suction hopper dredger’ had arrived at KKS Harbhour on April 19 and had completed the task by May 03 in a 2.055 million US dollar grant aid project as part of an overall 25 million dollar financing to rehabilitate the port.
The dredging was the fourth phase following a preliminary survey, geo-technical investigations and wreck removal. Wreck removal had cost 19.5 million US dollars.
Jaffna was caught in a 30 year civil war that ended in 2009.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority will now rehabilitated the ports breakwater, build a new pier and also do a final hydrographic survey and prepare a Harbhour chart (map) through a line of credit.
India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha had formally handed over a post dreding survey to SLPA managing director Nihal Keppetipola on May 06.
An embassy statement quoted the Indian envoy as saying that the rehabilitation of the harbhour will boost regional and domestic commercial links in the Northern Sri Lanka