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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2404

Douglas Devananda proposed ferry service as alternative to A-9 road controlled by Tigers

Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 01 January, (Asiantribune.com): Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare has proposed the opening up a ferry service between Kurikadduwan in Kayts and Pesalai in Talaimannar to ferry passengers and to transport agricultural products of Jaffna farmers to the South.Minister Douglas Devananda is presently stationed in the Jaffna Peninsula exploring ways and means of attending to the needs of Jaffna farmers who are finding it difficult to market their agricultural products to South of Sri Lanka.Minister Douglas Devananda is presently stationed in the Jaffna Peninsula exploring ways and means of attending to the needs of Jaffna farmers who are finding it difficult to market their agricultural products to South of Sri Lanka.

Minister Douglas Devananda who is also the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party told the Asian Tribune that Kurikadduwan to Pesalai by ferry would be just a four hour journey. People from Jaffna may be able to travel by ferry to Pesalai and from there to Colombo and back without any difficulties.

The current problems faced by the Jaffna people was caused by the Tamil Tigers control of the land route (A9 - road).

Minister Douglas Devananda is presently stationed in the Jaffna Peninsula exploring ways and means of attending to the needs of Jaffna farmers who are finding it difficult to market their agricultural products to South of Sri Lanka. He said farmers have met him and appealed to find ways and means of marketing their produces in the south. One formula put forward was this ferry service as a quick mans transporting their produce.

Minister reminded in the fifties and sixties Jaffna farmers produces were taken to Colombo by train mainly from Chunnakam and Kankesanthurai. As transport facilities to the South of Sri Lanka have come to a standstill he suggested that the ferry service would in some way fill the urgent transport need.

Douglas Devananda said that a ferry would easily carry 50 passengers at a time and 50 MT of agricultural produces. He added on the return journey from Pesalai people from South who wish to travel to Jaffna Peninsula will be able to return by the ferry. This fery will also help to bring consumer items such as coconuts, soaps, and all other requirements from Colombo.

Minister said it would be possible to have four ferries to ply from Pesalai and Kurikadduwan and another four from Kurikadduwan to Pesalai daily and these arrangements would ease many problems presently faced by the people in the Jaffna Peninsula.

He further added that he also has proposed to the government to bring in consumer items by from Nagapattinam located Tamil Nadu, India by country boats to Kurikadduwan in Kayts.

According to the Minister, each country boat would be able to bring in more than 80 MT of goods. According to him the voyage by country boat from Nagapattinam to Kurikadduwan would take 9 hours. Minister said daily two to three country boats from Nagapattinam would solve the entire requirements of the Jaffna peninsula.

- Asian Tribune -

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