COLOMBO, July 12 (Bernama) -- The Sri Lankan government is planning to construct a third international airport in Trincomalee, in the eastern region of the island country in a bid to make the Trincomalee District the 'Eastern Gateway into the Bay of Bengal', Xinhua reported, quoting local media Thursday.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, while unveiling the master plan to develop the Trincomalee district prepared by the Western Development and Megapolis Ministry said, the government also plans to construct an international cricket stadium to keep in line with the vision to develop Sri Lanka into a commercial and tourism hub in the Indian Ocean.
"When you look back at Sri Lanka's history, we were a hub in the Indian Ocean where there were several ports," Wickremesinghe said.
"Countries in the Bay of Bengal region will fast develop within the next 20 years. By 2050 the population in this region is expected to reach three billion. Therefore, we have to consider Trincomalee as the Eastern Gateway," he said.
Jaffna, the former war torn northern province would be next in line to see major development plans, he added.....