Minister wants paddy removed from Mattala Airport


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Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva wants paddy stored at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) removed and the airport maintained at international standards.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the airport, the Minister said that the environment at the airport had been damaged as a result of paddy being stored at the airport premises.

The Minister, under who the subject of civil aviation now operates, said that he will give the Paddy Marketing Board time to remove the paddy in stages.

He said that he will also inform cabinet of the decision and take measures to ensure the airport is maintained at international standards.

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