SLA prevents deepening tsunami affected jetties in north
[TamilNet, Sunday, 27 February 2005, 15:52 GMT]
A conference has been summoned for Tuesday to settle the dispute between
the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Vadamaradchchi fisheries societies over the deepening about twenty-one fisheries jetties affected from Thondamannaru in the Vadamaradchchi north to Munai
point in Point Pedro coast affected by tsunami. Monitors of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in
Jaffna district and the Government Agent have been invited for the
conference, fisheries sources said.
Sewa Lanka, a non-governmental organization has allocated about 7.8 million
rupees for the deepening project. Deepening of one fisheries jetty in
Supparmadam has been completed.
However work on other fisheries jetties are
not completed as the SLA prevented such works until further
notice citing security reasons, sources said.
The Northern fishermen are finding very difficult to anchor their fishing crafts
safely as these jetties are covered with debris washed ashore by tsunami
waves, sources said.
The out come of the conference scheduled to be held on is widely expected in the fisheries circles will reach agreement on deepening of fisheries jetties and normalizing fishing industry after tsunami, sources said.