Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* New bridge across Batticaloa lagoon in to be opened on April 19
Sat, Apr 5, 2014, 11:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 05, Colombo: A new bridge constructed across the Batticaloa lagoon connecting Batticaloa district to Ampara district in Eastern Sri Lanka will be opened on April 19 for the public.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the newly constructed Manmunai Bridge across Batticaloa lagoon on Thalankuda-Manmunai-Mavadimunmari Road.

The new bridge constructed at a cost of Rs.1.87 billion fulfills a long felt need of the people in the Eastern Province, Ports, Highways and Shipping Project Minister Nirmala Kothalawala said.

As the main transport mode across the lagoon, small ferries are not available during heavy rains and flooding, construction of the Manmunai Bridge aimed at connecting the western and eastern parts of the lagoon to improve the accessibility to health and education services, trade and commerce and open up new livelihood opportunities for the people.

"The new bridge plays an important role in connecting the Batticaloa district with the Ampara district. Until the construction of new bridge, the people used the ferry service to cross the Batticaloa lagoon. The newly constructed Manmunai Bridge will make river crossings easier, whereas ferries took hours," Minister Kothalawala has said.

The bridge, which is 210 meters in length and 9.8 meters wide, has been constructed utilizing Rs. 397 million local funds and Rs.1.473 billion, under the grant aid from Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA).

In line with the construction of the bridge, a new causeway with an average length of 488 meters and 10 meters in width has also been constructed on either side of the bridge to access to the new bridge.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka Election Commissioner asks employers to grant leave for workers to vote
-- [3 hours ago]
International Gem, Mineral & Jewellery trade show opens in Sri Lanka
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Police to investigate ruling party minister taking suspects of arson attack away from police custody
-- [3 hours ago]
UN adopts Sri Lanka's proposal to establish a 'World Youth Skills Day'
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka does not need a Singapore style management - President
Sri Lankan government orders 125,000 motorbikes from Bajaj
Sri Lanka opposition presidential candidate pledges to reform country's foreign relations
Sri Lanka ranks 89th in Forbes' list of Best Countries for Business
Japan deports 26 Sri Lankan asylum seekers
Sri Lankan President will not participate in a debate with no facts and figures - Minister

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.