View of Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour. Courtesy www.google.com
The dredging of the Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour in Northern Sri Lanka by Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) has been completed, a Press statement from Indian High Commission in Colombo has said.
Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, participated in a brief ceremony on May 6 at Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour to mark the completion of the dredging
The “Joint Post Dredging Survey” chart was formally handed over by the High Commissioner to Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Managing Director of Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA). The dredging work at the KKS Harbour has been undertaken by the DCI. Besides senior officials from the Navy, Mr. V. Mahalingam, Consul General of India, and Mr. Nielkhawsiem, Manager (Operations) of DCI, were also present at the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ashok K. Kantha stated that with the completion of the dredging operation, four phases of the project supported through grant assistance from the Government of India of US$ 25 million had been completed satisfactorily.
“This had paved the way for commencement of rest of the work by SLPA, under a concessional line of credit from the Government of India,” he added.
Mr. Kantha underlined that the rehabilitation of the harbour would go a long way in the development of economic infrastructure in the Northern Province, support domestic as well as regional commerce and connectivity and pave the way for exploitation of KKS Harbour as a commercial port.
In his remarks, Capt. Keppetipola thanked the Indian Government for its assistance in the rehabilitation of the harbour and assured that the SLPA would make all efforts to undertake and complete the work promptly.
The dredging operation, which is the fourth phase of work, has been undertaken under a fully funded grant from India to the tune of INR 11.32 crores (US $ 2.055 million).
A “Trailer Suction Hopper Dredger” from DCI arrived at KKS Harbour on April 19 and commenced the dredging operations the same day. The whole process of dredging of the harbour was successfully completed in 15 days.
The KKS Harbour rehabilitation project is a complex and wide-ranging project with multiple phases involving preliminary hydrographic survey (Phase I), geo-technical investigations and preparation of Detailed Project Report (Phase II), wreck removal and disposal (Phase III), dredging (Phase IV), rehabilitation of breakwater/pier and construction of new pier with attendant port facilities (Phase V) and final hydrographic survey and preparation of Harbour chart (Phase VI). Phase V and the final Phase VI would be executed through a concessional line of credit provided by the Government of India to the Government of Sri Lanka.