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Sep 15, 2011 11:15:36 AM - itnnews.lk

The President has told officials involved in the transport sector that Katunayake should be made a landing spot for many aircraft in efforts to develop Sri Lanka as the Aviation Hub in Asia. President Rajapaksa chaired a discussion at Temple Trees to solicit proposals on the programme that should be mooted within the transport sector in formulating the 2012 budget. Attention was drawn to the progress so far achieved in the transport, private transport and civil aviation services sector and the programmes that should be launched in the future. Discussions dealt at length on increasing flights that are operating from Sri Lanka to other countries and also increasing the number of passengers. Construction of internal airports and the growth of domestic air travel also came up for discussion. The train service as well as services of the Sri Lanka Transport Board and Private buses will be increased. The meeting broached the measures adopted to reconstruct the Northern and Southern rail tracks and increasing the number of turns of trains. Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Kumara Welgama and C.B. Ratnayake, Deputy Minister Rohana Dissanayake, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Services Authority Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatilake, Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. Nishantha Wickremasinghe, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunge, Finance Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera and Senior government Officials were present at this discussion.