India to help develop Sri Lanka`s northern port

Sri Lanka will develop the Kankesanturai port in the Tamil-dominated northern Jaffna peninsula with Indian aid, a government spokesman has said.

Last Updated: May 05, 2011, 15:58 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka will develop the
Kankesanturai port in the Tamil-dominated northern Jaffna
peninsula with Indian aid, a government spokesman has said.

The Cabinet has approved a proposal by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa to develop the Kankesanturai (KKS) port with
Indian aid, the spokesman said.
A MoU is to be signed soon with the Indian government
on the project.

The port will be developed in two phases.

A new breakwater will also to be constructed under the
project.
KKS harbour was crucial to Sri Lanka`s decades long
military conflict with the LTTE.

It served as the only supply point for the troops
stationed in the Jaffna peninsula.

The expansion of the KKS harbour would lead to
enhanced commerce between India and Sri Lanka, officials said.

Infrastructure in the Jaffna peninsula was neglected
during the country`s three-decades-long ethnic war which ended
in May 2009.

PTI