Army troops undertaking another giant national development project at the request of the Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Ministry commenced the extraction of clogged and stagnant water out of the abandoned Elephant Pass Saltern for proposed reactivation of its production process, following a MOU signed with the Army in late June.
Officials of the Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Ministry with Defence and Urban Development Ministry assistance sought Sri Lanka Army help for preliminary extraction of stagnant water from the Saltern that has remained abandoned since 1980s after LTTE terrorism escalated in the Jaffna region.
Officials of the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) commanded by Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe in response to the directions of Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, undertook the responsibility to extract stagnant water and re-filling the Saltern with fresh sea water.
Several officers inspected the extraction work on Wednesday (2) after visiting the venue where 18 soldiers of 18(v) Gajaba Regiment of the SFHQ-KLN under two shifts, are on duty round the clock. SFHQ-KLN officers of expect to complete the water extraction and re-filling within one month.