NPC resolution demands transport links between North-East and India

jaffna   The Northern Provincial Council passed 3 proposals yesterday including a proposal to implement direct flight services from Palali and Trincomalee airports to India.

In order to incorporate the KKS harbour towards the development of North, Ferry services will be commenced between Talai-Mannar to Rameswaram.

A resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council has called for transport links to be re-established to connect the Jaffna and Trincomalee to India.

The resolution, presented by Councillor MK Sivajilingam and seconded by Kandaiah Sarveshwaran of the TNA, said flights should travel directly from Indian airports to the airports in Palaly in the Jaffna district and Trincomalee on the east coast.

The resolution also called for a resumption of ferry services between Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar in the Mannar district, and demanded that Kankesanthurai Harbour in Jaffna be named as a commercial port.

There are 5 domestic airports situated in the North-East, all of which are used for both military and civilian functions.

Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayarathna said that there was no need for another international airport in Sri Lanka. The Bandaranaike International Airport and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport serve routes between India and Sri Lanka.

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