SLA imposes new restriction on travel from Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 October 2009, 18:48 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) civil administration in Jaffna has ordered that people who had traveled to Jaffna from Colombo and other outstations can return only by the same conveyance they had used to come to Jaffna, sources in Jaffna said. As it is extremely difficult to get seats on the buses plying through A9 road between Vavuniyaa and Jaffna people are forced to travel by plane or ship paying exorbitant prices. Meanwhile, civil society sources in Jaffna accused that this new restriction has been introduced by high officials of SLA and government as a tactic to make money as commission from air travel agencies.

Passengers have to pay nearly 10,000 rupees to travel to Jaffna by plane and around 3000 rupees for ship and to avoid paying this they try to return by bus which costs between 200 and 300 rupees.

This new restriction has been imposed to continue the air travel between Colombo and Jaffna, civil society sources pointed out.

 

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