INDIA TO INVEST IN ROAD DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH AND EAST
India has offered to invest in the development of 900 kilometres of road in the North and the East including a new highway linking Trincomalee with Jaffna along the coastal line via Mullaitivu, a Minister said yesterday.
Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Daily Mirror that the Road Development Authority (RDA) had worked out plans to be submitted to the Indian authorities in this regard. The Minister said the road network would be developed linking Jaffna with Mannar and Vavuniya.
“In fact, we will develop the existing road network as four-lane highways with financial cooperation from India. We will also develop the Vavuniya-trincomalee road,” he said.
The Minister said his Indian counterpart would arrive in Sri Lanka to discuss modalities in this regard. Asked whether this could be a loan, he said,“it will be a loan on concessionary terms with a long duration for repayment. We will not feel it even”.