Jaffna, a model district soon
A multitude of development-oriented mega projects are under
implementation in the Jaffna district to wipe off the scars of terrorism
and to make it a model district, thriving once again in economy and
education. The major focus at present is on completing the
renovation/rehabilitation of the main highways and the railway line from
Palai to Kankesanthurai. Work on the A9 Jaffna - Kandy Road has been
completed and the restoration of the railway line is expected to be
completed in the early part of next year. Work on the Jaffna - Point
Pedro Road, Jaffna - Palai Road and the Jaffna - Kankesanthurai Road is
in progress, Jaffna district secretariat sources said. Authoritative
sources have said that six power sets will be imported for operating in
the Northern railway lines.
work on the head office building for Valikamam South Pradeshiya
Sabha in progress
The head office building for Valikamam West Pradeshiya Sabha
model home garden
coconut saplings under the Divi Neguma program
In the health sector, the Rs. 2900 Mn Japanese JICA-funded Jaffna
Teaching Hospital project has been completed and is now operational.
A total amount of Rs. 7272.689 Mn has been allocated for the first
quarter of 2013 for development of the railway, roads, aviation,
transport facilities, social infrastructure, administrative functions,
agriculture, industries and tourism in the district, according to
district secretariat sources. The sources expressed optimism that with
the completion of the ongoing projects the district will catch up with
what it had lost in development due to the three-decade-long LTTE
Modern towns, housing complexes, improved agricultural and fisheries
facilities, housing projects, electricity to the entire region, enhanced
irrigation facilities and upgraded hospitals will be in place before
long, the sources said. A five-year plan at a total cost of Rs.49,888.16
Million for implementing 2,603 projects in the sectors of irrigation,
agriculture, livestock development, fisheries, water supply and
sanitation, roads and bridges, electricity, education, health, housing,
industries, social welfare and environmental management has also been
The resettled people have resumed their traditional professions with
assistance rendered by the government.
An amount of Rs. 18,328.18 Mn has been allocated for the
Jaffna-Kilinochchi Water Supply and Sanitation Project under the
Iranamadu Water Supply Scheme. A population of 435,000 living in the DS
divisions of Jaffna, Thenmaradchchi, Karaveddy, Velanai, Kopay,
Sandilipay, Chankanai, Nallur, Karainagar, Kayts, Poonakery and Palai
will be benefited. Although the entire project was originally estimated
to be completed in seven years, steps have been initiated to accelerate
the project, according to secretariat sources. It is an ADB, AFD and
GoSL funded project. Funds have also been allocated for Water Supply
Schemes in Point Pedro, Valvettithurai, Maruthankerny and Delft
off-shore Island. Rs.674 Mn has been allocated for the Point Pedro
Scheme under which a local population of 22,000 will be benefited. Rs.
248.57 Mn has been allocated for the Valvettithurai scheme and 10059
people will be benefited. Rs. 25.8 Mn has been allocated for the
Maruthankerny scheme to benefit 1,900 persons. The scheme for the Delft
island at a cost of Rs. 12.96 Mn will benefit 1,443 persons.
Of the total power demand of 44.60 MW, the Aggreke Power Plant will
provided 20 MW and the total power available is 48.00 MW. Eight
electricity projects have been completed at an expenditure of Rs. 309.61
Mn while work on other power supply schemes in the district is in
Under the Divi Neguma National Program (Stage III- 2012 ) 43,500
packets of seeds of tomato, brinjals, bitter gourd, snake gourd,
cucumber, curry chillies and chillies were distributed among
agricultural families. 50,940 packets of seeds of drumstick, 11,250
packets seed pomegranates, 8,002 packets of seed lemons, 7631 packets of
seed guava, 7,050 packets of seed ambarella, 13,460 packets of seed
papaw and 89,400 coconut seedlings were also distributed.
Under the 'Divi Neguma - One Million Homes Program' of the Ministry
of Economic Development, an exhibition of cottage industries was held at
the Jaffna Hindu College participated by 6,000 persons. 2,307
beneficiaries for cottage industry assistance were selected at the
exhibition. A large number of beneficiaries have been trained in cottage
Under the Department of Local Government "Local Government
Infrastructure Improvement Project (LGIIP)", the Kayts Pradeshiya Sabha
(PS) Head Office building was constructed at a cost of Rs. 26.37 Mn. A
contract amount of Rs.68.81 Mn was given for the construction of the
Valikamam South PS Head Office building. For the construction of the
Valigamam South West PS head office at Sandilipay, a contract amount of
Rs.40.49 Mn was given. For the construction of the Chavakachcheri PS
head office at Chavakachcheri a contract amount of Rs. 29.20 Mn was
given and Rs. 53.38 Mn was given for the construction of a UC Town Hall
at Chavakachcheri. For the construction of the Valigamam East PS
sub-office-cum-library and an ayurvedic medical clinic a contract amount
of Rs. 37.04 Mn was given.
Under the "Mahinda Chintana" program of developing 5,000 primary
schools, 61 schools in the Jaffna district were selected for
development. A total amount of Rs. 30.50 Mn was allocated by the
Ministry of Economic Development for the implementation of the program
in the district at the rate of Rs. .05 Ml per school.
Under funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Ministry of
Highways had allocated Rs. 1,387 for the improvement and rehabilitation
of the Navatkuli - Kerativu Road, an amount of Rs. 628.74 Mn was
allocated for the Manipay - Kaithady Road. The total allocation for the
improvement and rehabilitation of these three highways is Rs.3,498.78 Mn.
For the improvement and rehabilitation of five roads under Chinese
funded projects, the Ministry of Highways has allocated Rs. 9,452.00 Mn
for the Kandy - Jaffna Road, Rs. 3,060.41 Mn for the Jaffna - KKS Road,
Rs. 3,395 Mn for the Jaffna - Point Pedro Road, Rs. 2,890.42 Mn for the
Jaffna - Palaly Road and 6,450.00 Mn for the Puttur - Meesalai Road. The
total allocation last year was Rs. 25,247.83 Ml.
Under last year's program, the Ministry of Economic Development had
allocated Rs. 8.4 Mn for many Divisional Secretariat Divisions for
promoting small time local industrial products, such as palmyrah
products, garments, tailoring, food based products, wood crafts and
chemical based products. A total of Rs. 376.91 Mn was allocated last
year under the Samurdhi Development Activities for promoting
agriculture, industries, marketing, fisheries, livestock development and
construction of toilets.
The Ministry of Fisheries has introduced several welfare schemes for
fisher families and has provided all assistance including fishing gears,
vessels, docking piers, fisheries harbours and marketing facilities.
With the fertile fishing grounds in the Northern seas fish production is
on an upward trend.
Of the 22 projects under a fund allocation of Rs. 138 Mn from the
Ministry of Health 12 have already been completed while 11 are in
progress. The Atchuvely Industrial Estate, with a major funding of Rs.
253.80 Mn from the Government of India and Rs. 26.20 Mn from the GoSL,
is producing aluminium hardware, stainless steel products, coconut oil,
sodium silicate, soap, poultry feed, canned fruits, printing ink and
The total land area is 64 acres, factory units are 36 and employment
has been provided to 2,000 persons.
The UN Agencies had allocated Rs.962.79 Mn for 50 projects and the
projects are in progress with Rs.575.48 Mn already spent. INGOs have
allocated Rs.1040.59 Mn for 148 projects and Rs. 723.77 Mn has already
been spent on these projects. Local NGOs have allocated Rs.666.43 Mn and
Rs. 450.29 Mn has already been spent on these projects.
These projects are on fisheries, housing, and other welfare
facilities to the resettled families. Under the District Development
Plan for 2012 a total of Rs. 18,909.43 Mn had been allocated for last