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* Sri Lanka to convert former rebel airstrip in North to an aviation complex
Fri, Mar 26, 2010, 08:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 26, Colombo: The government under the post-war reconstruction plans for the Northern Province will build an aviation complex equipped with a training and research institute in Iranamadu, the government media unit said.

The Director of Geographical Information Systems of the Urban Development Authority has announced this at a seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council to brief investors on investment opportunities.

The LTTE during their reign had built six airstrips in the thick jungles of the North and the strip at Iranamadu near an irrigation reservoir was the main site for their tiny air wing.

Under the Northern development plans another former Tiger stronghold in Mullaitivu, on the northeast coast, has been earmarked as a centre for fisheries-based engineering equipment industry and for sea-based eco-tourism.

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