May 05, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to develop the northern Kankesanturai port with Indian aid in a project that will deepen the harbour basin and build a breakwater, a government spokesman said. The Cabinet of ministers of approved a proposal by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as minister of ports to “rehabilitate” the Kankesanturai port in the northern Jaffna peninsula with Indian aid.
Sri Lanka is to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Indian government on the project.
“Development of Kankesanturai is considered as one of the important projects in the context of the security of the country and the economic and social development of the northern peninsula,” a government statement said.
Infrastructure in the Jaffna peninsula was neglected or damaged during the island’s 30-year ethnic war which ended in May 2009.