President said the Trincomalee District Strategic Development Plan is not aimed at votes, but a project for future generations, President says in Trincomalee, Trincomalee port should be developed as a strategic port
The President also emphasized the importance of working together with India in the development of the port and the development of the oil tank complex in accordance with the Trincomalee District Development Plan.
“ Economically, this port city cannot be limited to Trincomalee district. This should be connected with Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Dambulla cities. The Vanni, East and North Central regions produce a large amount of food in the country.”
President Ranil Wickramasinghe mentioned this while joining the special discussion held on Friday Oct,14 at the Orr’s Hill, Trincomalee under the Trincomalee District Development Plan (Surbana Jurong plan).
Recalling the objections raised during the provision of oil tankers to India, the President said that the country would not have faced a fuel crisis if the decision to provide the oil tankers had been given the opportunity to be fully implemented.
Before the discussion started, President Ranil Wickramasinghe also surveyed several places proposed to be developed under the Trincomalee District Development Plan from Orr’s Hill.
Also, after the discussion, the President also joined to observe the proposed project site to develop the beach near Trincomalee Gandhi Roundabout as a tourist attraction.
Ranil Wickramasinghe, who further commented in the discussion on the Trincomalee District Development Plan,
“ We signed the Trincomalee Port Agreement in 2003. Since 2003, there was a lot of opposition from trade unions regarding the provision of oil tankers. If we had provided oil tankers then, we would have oil today, we wouldn’t have to stand in queues, we wouldn’t have to riot. These problems arose because of the lack of oil. Why did the oil disappear, even if the country’s economy collapsed, there would have been oil in the oil tanks. But the oil tanks are empty. That’s why the oil tanks of our vehicles are also empty, if we had done this then, we would not have any problem today,” president concluded ,