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Indian Government Commits USD 61.5 Million Grant for Full Development of Kankesanthurai (KKS) Port

During a recent meeting between Ports, Shipping, and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Santosh Jha, it was revealed that the Indian Government has pledged a grant of USD 61.5 million for the comprehensive development of the Kankesanthurai (KKS) Port.

The development project entails the construction of a new breakwater and dredging of the port to a depth of 30 meters, enabling it to accommodate deep-draft vessels.

Expressing India’s commitment to bolstering regional cooperation, the Indian High Commissioner emphasized the significance of enhancing ties between the two nations. He assured full support to attract more Indian tourists to Sri Lanka, designating the island as the top travel destination for Indian visitors.

In response, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva conveyed gratitude on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government and his Ministry for India’s unwavering assistance in aviation and shipping sectors. He commended the initiation of flights between Chennai and Jaffna, facilitating easier travel.

Highlighting the importance of catering to Indian tourists, Minister de Silva mentioned the construction of a new terminal at the KKS port, costing Rs. 600 million. He noted a significant increase in Indian tourist arrivals over the past nine months.

Assuring efficient utilization of the grant, Minister de Silva reiterated the Sri Lankan Government’s commitment to swiftly implementing development projects at the KKS port, fostering bilateral cooperation and economic growth.

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