With the closure of the A-9 road due to LTTE terror attacks, essential food items for the people of Jaffna were ferried by ships with the facilitation of the Sri Lanka Navy, Media Center for National Security said yesterday.
Continuous supplies were ferried under the `Jathika Saviya` programme with the guidance of the senior advisor to the President Basil Rajapakse and the Commissioner of Essential Services.
In order to avoid the delays in loading and unloading of goods at the two harbours in the Jaffna peninsula, a third harbour, the Mailaddi port which was damaged in the tsunami has been identified and developed to handle cargo operations. The development of a third harbour and developed the handle cargo operations. The development of a third harbour for the Jaffna peninsular surfaced subsequent to an inquiry made by the Senior Advisor the President Basil Rajapakse from the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral, Wasantha Karannagoda. Following the Navy Commander`s proposal to develop the Mailaddi port, the Sri Lanka Navy was tasked to carry out its restoration work. The Navy had completed the restoration work of the Mailaddi harbour within a short period of 45 days. The Mailaddi port is in operation currently.
A third port for the Jaffna in addition to the Point Pedro and Kankesanturai will facilitate transport of essential goods.
The Ministry of Nation Building has granted the Sri Lanka Navy Rs. 3 mn for the restoration of the Mailaddi port.
Civil engineers of the Navy along with sailors completed work on the Jetty and other restoration work in the harbour. Having received the support of Jaffna civilians to dredged the harbour mouth, the Navy was able to complete work of the Mailaddi port by 2nd February 2006. The Naval Commanding Officer of the North, Rear Admiral S. R. Samaratunga ceremonially inaugurated the operations of the Mailaddi port on the same day. The Navy in collaboration with the Ports Authority is overseeing the operation`s of the Mailaddi port.