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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.
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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

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