Tuesday, January 25, 2011

President hands over Sangupiddy Bridge to public

His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Sangupiddy Bridge and the causeway on 16 January, as a Thaipongal gift to people in the North.
The 288m long bridge together with 3Km long causeway lying across the Jaffna lagoon connects Jaffna peninsula in Northern Province to the mainland in the shortest distance at Pooneryn.
It reduces three hours in travelling time and 110 Km in distance to reach Jaffna from Colombo and it is the shortest route to Jaffna from Colombo via Puttlam along A-32 road. This will benefit the people along the A-32 road which was heavily affected by LTTE terrorism. 

It took eight months to complete the construction of the bridge and the causeway.
The Government funded the project with a soft loan of Rs. 1.037 billion from the United Kingdom.
Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Douglas Devananda, Governor of the North Major General Jagath Chandrasiri, Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasooriya, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake, Inspector General of Police Dr. Mahinda Balasooriya, and senior government officials also were present. 


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