Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha calls for suspension of Katchatheevu church reconstruction

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha calls for suspension of Katchatheevu church reconstruction

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha calls for suspension of Katchatheevu church reconstruction

Written by Tharushan Fernando

14 May, 2016 | 8:44 pm

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said the Indian government should take measures to suspend the reconstruction in the Katchatheevu island.

In the letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa brought to his notice Sri Lanka’s plans to renovate the church in the Katchatheevu island. She added that the reported move of the Sri Lankan government to build a new church, replacing the existing one, was opposed by the fishermen in Tamil Nadu.

She also noted that this moves take away the means of Tamil Nadu fishermen going to the island for worship.

Indian Media had reported that the Navy is preparing to construct a naval base on the Katchchathivu Island and that the Indian government had instructed its High Commission to look into this and submit a report.

Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson Captain Akram Alavi stated that, there was no such move to construct a naval base on the island. However, he stated that the assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy had been sought to move raw material to Katchchatheevu for the construction of the church

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