A-9 opening pleases Jaffna Bishop
Boost for civilian life:
Rt. Rev. Thomas Savuntharanayagam
The Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Thomas Savuntharanayagam told the
Sunday Observer that he was extremely happy about the opening of the A-9
highway and hoped that the route would now pave way for greater
cordiality between North and the South.
Rt. Rev. Savuntharanayagam commenting on the importance of the road
said that all these days the innocent civilians suffered terribly due to
“When I hear the news I felt very happy like any other person in the
peninsula. The people in Jaffna underwent untold hardship due to its
closure. The prices of essential items had sky rocketed on and off due
to fuel prices and the distance.
For medication or examinations the Jaffna civilians had to pay
heavily, therefore the opening will be a boost to the Jaffna civilians’,
Jaffna Bishop said.
Former Vanni Parliamentarian and PLOTE leader Dharmalingam Sitharthan
told Sunday Observer that the route covered a vast area of his
electorate and was happy to know that the Forces have now taken full
control of the highway.
“The movements of the civilians in Vanni were restricted to a great
extent due to the closure of the A-9 route. The highway which was
linking the North and South remained a pathway of deaths and
destructions for nearly twenty five years. LTTE extorted money from
civilians in a big way when the route was opened for a brief period soon
after the Ceasefire Agreement of 2002.
Civilians from Jaffna had to buy tickets at exorbitant rates to
travel between Colombo and Jaffna either by sea or by air. They did not
have an easy access to matters which had to be done in Colombo.
Therefore the opening of the A-9 will go a long way in narrowing the gap
between the North and South in the future,” Sitharthan said.