Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sri Lanka government to reopen A-9 next month

Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka government is planning to reopen the A-9 Jaffna-Kandy highway for the public by next month, said Defense spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.

However, an AFP report said the military reopened the road yesterday and operated a food convoy along the A-9 highway to Jaffna.

According to the Minister there is no exact date to reopen the road, but certainly it will be reopened in March after the security forces clear the road of land mines.

Defence Spokesman said the demining of the road which was controlled by the LTTE for nearly a decade is currently underway.

He said the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's intention is to open the A-9 highway by next month and the government is doing everything possible to open an alternative route for the public to travel to Jaffna as soon as possible.

The government hopes that opening of the Jaffna-Kandy main route will facilitate the free and quick movement of people and goods among all parts of the island resulting in an increase in commerce and help to reduce prices of essential items in the Jaffna peninsula.