Kandy Airport Most Likely In Kundasale – Chief Minister
By Maryam Azwer
Following the President’s statement last week that a domestic airport will be built in Kandy soon, Central Province Chief Minister, Sarath Ekanayake, said that they were looking at the possibility of building the airport in Kundasale.
“We have not confirmed a location yet but I have been given the responsibility of locating a suitable plot of land for the airport and at present we are considering Kundasale,” said Ekanayake. He said that he was at present unable to confirm the exact extent of the land required.
“A strip of land, of about 60 feet, would be needed for the runway,” the Chief Minister said, adding that since it was to be a domestic airport, a very large area of land would not be necessary. When questioned on the viability of an airport in this area, Ekanayake said “Yes, this is a possibility, and we will somehow do it. The President wants to do this as soon as possible.”
He also stated that there would be no environmental issues arising as a result of an airport being built in the country’s hill capital.
“Even the plot of land we have in mind is around fifteen (15) kilometres away from the Dalada Maligawa. There will be no issues here,” Ekanayake said.