With a friendlier government now at the helm in Colombo, India has revived its plan to develop a port in Sri Lanka, hoping to catch up with the Chinese, the New India Express news agency reported today.
So far, India had been biding its time on putting pressure on Colombo to complete the strategically-located Kankesanthurai (KKS) port in the Jaffna peninsula.
With last month’s parliamentary elections reinforcing that the result of the January presidential polls was not a fluke, India brought up the stalled port project during Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India.
It is learnt that India raised the issue of rehabilitation of KKS harbour during the delegation-level meeting led by the two prime ministers. Wickremesinghe sounded positive and said that Sri Lanka “will collaborate” with India for the development of the key northern harbor, according to sources.
This is a key commitment to kick-starting pending projects with a more responsive Colombo.