Sri Lanka Ports Authority commences its support in the development of the tourism industry from Dondra, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga stated. Minister Ranatunga expressed these concerns while addressing the opening ceremony of the Dondra Head Lighthouse. Hon. Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping Nishantha Mutuhettigama, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Mr. Dammika Ranatunga and several other distinguished guests attended this occasion. This ceremony was held at the Dondra Head Light House on yesterday, 04th of May. Resources and assets of the country should be used efficiently and effectively and that is a duty of general public, Minister Ranatunga told.
"I am always standing against thefts and corruptions regardless of my camp, government or the opposition. My policy is to terminate thefts and corruptions. That is why we had to close the Dondra Head Lighthouse from public viewing. Now we have made corrections in that procedure. Even though Sri Lanka Ports Authority owns this lighthouse, sometime we don't get any use of it. But we could use these lighthouses in the development of the tourism industry. We could initiate a procedure to strengthen the villagers by creating opportunities for them to earn money. We have planned to develop these lighthouses by bringing investors or through any other suitable method to uplift the living conditions of villagers and to provide them opportunities to earn money. Sri Lanka Ports Authority spends its own money on these developments. Construction of roads, Buildings, Schools and Hospitals in this country are carrying out through money earned from you. Therefore you have the right to correct these procedures if there have been any misconduct occur. Thereby as the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, it has commenced to support the development of the tourism industry from Dondra. I'm happy about that…….." Minister Arjuna Ranatunga added.
Dondra Head Lighthouse was constructed in 1887 and it has height of 49 meters. It is reported that tourists who visited this site had faced various difficulties in the past period. A special investigation was carried out in this regard in accordance with advice by the Minister Arjuna Ranatunga. Thereafter Minister Ranatunga advised to create a systematic procedure to visit the lighthouse for tourists. Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Mr. Dammika Ranatunga who expressed views at this special occasion said that a special attention will be paid on the school children who visit to this lighthouse. "Our primary concern is the security of the tourists. Therefore permission has not been given to enter the lighthouse. In the future we will consider about the possibilities to visit the inside of the lighthouse. Meanwhile we have given our attention on the legal issues that we will have to face if any accident happens. We are trying to satisfy the demands of the general public……" Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Mr. Dammika Ranatunga stated.
(Maritime in Sri Lanka - 05052017)