COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has designated four more ports to be used as points of entry into the country, to add to the existing list of three airports and four sea points. The information department said that President Mahinda Rajapksa has designated the four entry points in an extraordinary gazette notification.
Plan of Oluvil Harbour when initiated in 2008
Early Picture by Sarath Wijayathilaka, http://www.panoramio.com/photo/42037911
The newly-opened harbour built with Chinese assistance in Hambantota, besides Norochchoolai and Kankasanthurai in Jaffna and Oluvil in Ampara district are the new additions to country’s existing three airports and four sea ports.
The three existing airports are at Colombo, Ratmalana and Palali while the four sea entry points are at Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee and Talaimannar. However, the Bandaranike international airport in Katunayaka and Colombo harbour are considered as the main entry points to the country at present. The Department of Immigration and Emigration had opened an office at Norochcholai, the information department said.
Read more: Lanka names four more entry points to the country – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Lanka-names-four-more-entry-points-to-the-country/articleshow/7253732.cms#ixzz1AgQ3pQIt
Also see Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema in Sunday Leader for another reading of Oluvil venture: http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/08/22/oluvil-port-project-under-scrutiny/