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* Sri Lankan government to open new Japan-funded Kalladi Bridge in Batticaloa next year
Sat, Jul 14, 2012, 10:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is to open the new Kalladi Bridge connecting the North and South of Batticaloa on the Akkaraipattu-Batticaloa-Thirukkondiadimadu road, early next year.

The project, funded by the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), to construct the 288.35 meter long bridge parallel to the old one, was awarded to the original contractor in 2007 but was delayed by the contractor and the government decided to entrust the construction work to a new contractor to complete the task.

The Cabinet gave approval to hire a new sub-contractor to expedite the construction of the Kallady Bridge in March this year.

After a new contractor was assigned to build the new bridge in April this year following the Cabinet decision, it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Deputy Minister M.L.A.M. Hisbullah has told the media that the public would be able to use the bridge by next year.

The old Kalladi Bridge is over 70 years old and built by the British.

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