Fisheries Ministry pulls out Rs 4000mn project from Batticaloa due to ‘misguided’ local opposition

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry has withdrawn the proposed Rs. 4,000 million fisheries development project in Batticaloa due to the continuous objections raised by leading politicians in the Eastern Province.

Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told The Island yesterday that his Ministry had planned to establish a National Aquaculture Farm at Vakarai in Batticaloa which would have generated over 10,000 new job opportunities for the residents there.

It had been planned to set it up on a land encompassing 1,200 acres in Vakarai, Minister Amaraweera said.

"Several leading politicians in the Province and NGOs have objected to the proposed project on some flimsy grounds. Several people have also protested against the project due to the false rumours spread in the area by its opponent."

The Minister said if the people of Batticaloa did not want the aquaculture development project; it would be shifted to the Northern Province.

He stressed that the people in Batticaloa would lose an opportunity to increase income fourfold.

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