Does Sri Lanka need a 3rd International Airport?

Does Sri Lanka need a 3rd International Airport?

Written by Staff Writer

17 Jul, 2018 | 1:48 am

Colombo (News1st) : A group including MP’s from the Joint Opposition engaged in an inspection tour of the Mattala International Airport on Monday (July 16th).

The aim of the visit was to voice their objection against the Government’s plans to provide the airport to an Indian company and also to inquire into its current state.

A group of local government members and provincial councilors who have pledged support to the joint opposition participated in this tour.

UPFA Hambantota district Parliamentarian Chamal Rajapaksa questioned why the Government is drawing up plans for a new airport in Hingurakgoda while at the same time attempting to sell the Mattala airport. Chamal Rajapaksa called on the Government to ensure that the workers at the airport be treated fairly. The minister also threw a jab at one of his former colleges, stating that the minister in charge of the Mattala airport is an SLFPer and if this is the policy of the SLFP, they would have to rethink their political stance.

Speaking at the occasion MP Dullas Alahapperuma noted that it is unfair to call the Rs.30bn investment into the Mattala Airport a debt trap. Allahaperuma elaborated that equal or more sums of money by canceling or delaying projects and deals. The former minister went onto note that the Prime Minister is acting like a real estate broker instead of a Prime Minister.

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