Sri Lankan economy and the vehicle population is growing rapidly, said Minister of Minister of Transport And Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva.Similar to the motor industry the Sri Lankan aviation sector too is making progress with several new domestic airports to open regionally, he said.
Speaking at the inauguration of the inaugural Lanka Auto 2018 Expo at SLECC the Minister said the Sri Lankan economy despite challenges in 2017 has made major progress. Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to grow at 4.2% in 2018 and further expand to 4.8% in 2019.”
“As we transit into a more competitive, inclusive and resilient upper-middle income country, it is imperative that we also undertake initiatives and implement effective strategies that will upgrade the country’s automotive industry into an international hub in the South Asia region.”
“Furthermore, the rapid rise in Sri Lanka’s motor vehicle population is a positive indicator as to the direction the industry is heading.” The Minister said that according to reports it has been reported that even with a human population of a little over 21.4 million in 2017, the country’s vehicle population increased by 7% from a year earlier to 7.2 million in 2017.”
An Officials' Committee has been previously appointed by the Cabinet for obtaining the recommendations necessary to impose a temporary prohibitory order to immediately stop land reclamation and destruction of wetlands in the Colombo Metropolitan Region and to take appropriate measures to declare wetlands as protected zones and the preservation of same. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the following recommendations made by the said Officials' Committee, was approved by the Cabinet.
A proposal has been made to implement a project with an investment of US$ 60 million for the enhancement of the primary healthcare, to strengthen healthcare and prevention, formulation of policies in that regard and capacity building in the Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Central Provinces.
Three ministries are seeking Cabinet approval to upgrade the Palaly Airport to the level of a regional airport and operate flights to South Indian cities by the end of this year, a senior cabinet minister disclosed yesterday.A joint cabinet paper is to be submitted by the ministries of Transport and Civil Avaition, Policy Planning and Economic Development and Tourism to seek Rs 1.2 billion for the refurbishment, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
The move came as Civil Aviation Authority (CAASL) officials were drawing the floor plan to set up Immigration and Customs counters and quarters for the staff. “The initial plan will be to convert Palaly into a regional airport and thereafter to an international airport with flights to other countries,” Mr de Silva said. He said the refurbishment plan would be handled by the Sri Lanka Air Force.
Currently the Palaly military airport located in Valikamam North encompasses an area of 1,000 acres, but only 750 acres will be used to develop the airport. Jaffna District Additional Secretary (Lands) S. Muralitharan told that a feasibility study had been carried out to develop the airport. This included a detailed study on the population of the area, schools and electrical overhead cables in the vicinity.Mr. Muralitharan said that, accordingly about 250 more acres around the Palaly airbase would be released to the civilians.
A three-member Indian aviation delegation also visited the Palaly airport this week. Civil Aviation Director General H.M.C. Nimalsiri said the CAASL was finalising the first phase of the Palaly airport development project and based on the demand for service, the airport would be further developed in phases.
Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, U.P.L.D. Pathirana yesterday assumed duties as the Additional Director General of the Department of Government information. The Director General of Government Information, Attorney at Law Sudharsane Gunawardene and Assistant Director of Government Information, P.V.C.C. Panawela also participated in this occasion.
A visionary combined project that appeals to environmentally-conscious public and nature-lovers took root on Thursday (23) with the active contribution of Sri Lanka Army troops along the Kadawatha-Matara Highway for the first time in its recent history where trees are to be planted on both sideways of the 154 km long road.
Showers or thundershowers will occur in Uva, North-central, Central, Northern and Eastern provinces after 02.00 pm. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province.Fairly heavy falls about 50 mm can be expected at Uva and Eastern provinces.There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
About 75,000 women will benefit with the recent government decision to write off the non-consumption loans granted up to Rs. 100,000 by registered microfinance institutions, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. The Minister was responding to the concerns by JVP Leader and Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament yesterday.
A BOI approved factory to produce aluminum material will be set up in Palamunai, Batticaloa, providing employment opportunities and income generation activities for the people of the Eastern province shortly.
Visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera yesterday inspected the operations at the Colombo harbor. This is the first time in history that a Japanese Defense Minister visited the Colombo harbour.