Three new entry points to Lanka

By Chandani Kirinde

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has named three new ports of entry and departure into the country -- the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (Hambantota), the Port of Norochcholai and the Port of Oluvil.

The names of these three points have been issued in an Extraordinary Gazette notification by the President under the Immigrants and Emigrants Act. An official of the Department of Immigration and Emigration said they had opened an office at Norochcholai while the work for Hambantota was being carried out from Galle at present.

While operations had started at Hambantoa, the Norochcholai Port had been made a point of entry and departure as coal was being imported for the power plant there, the official said.

He said that even though the Port of Oluvil had been also named, the Department had yet to open an office there as the work on the port was still in progress.

The other designated ports of entry and departure in Sri Lanka include three airports, namely Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Ratmalana Airport and the Palali Airport, and the sea ports at Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee, Kankesanthurai and Thalaimannar.

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