Lanka names four more entry points to the country

Sri Lanka has designated four more ports to be used as points of entry into the country, to add to the existing list of three airports and four sea points.

Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 20:41 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka has designated four
more ports to be used as points of entry into the country, to
add to the existing list of three airports and four sea
points.

The information department said that President Mahinda
Rajapksa has designated the four entry points in an
extraordinary gazette notification.

The newly-opened harbour built with Chinese assistance
in Hambantota, besides Norochchoolai and Kankasanthurai in
Jaffna and Oluvil in Ampara district are the new additions to
country`s existing three airports and four sea ports.

The three existing airports are at Colombo, Ratmalana
and Palali while the four sea entry points are at Colombo,
Galle, Trincomalee and Talaimannar.

However, the Bandaranike international airport in
Katunayaka and Colombo harbour are considered as the main
entry points to the country at present.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration had
opened an office at Norochcholai, the information department
said.

It had been made a point of entry as coal was being
imported for the power plant there, built with Chinese
assistance.

Work at Hambantota where India has opened a new
consulate, is being carried out from Galle.

Talaimannar peer, which was one of the busiest entry
point to the country before the war will continue to be active
as Sri Lanka and India last week entered an agreement to start
ferry service between two countries.

Both countries also discussed developing Palali
airport and Kankasanthurai port in northern Jaffna as regional
aviation hub and trade and commercial hub during India`s
defence secretary Pradeep Kumar`s visit last month.

PTI