Considering an appeal made by the people of the Weeravila area to shift the proposed International Airport to another location, the Minister of Ports and Aviation, Chamal Rajapaksa has directed the relevant authorities to divert the intended project to Maththala area in the Hambantota district.
The residents of the area who are mostly farmers have informed the Minister that paddy fields and other lands in Weeravila area cannot be cultivated due to the scheduled construction of the international airport in Weeravila area.
Farmers have also notified the Minister that the project would cause considerable damage to the environment.
The construction of the proposed International Airport is expected to generate over 10,000 jobs in the industrial sector. The project is also expected to spur development in the Southern Province, along with the Hambantota Port project.