Mahinda Chintana Policy and Neganahira Nawodaya becomes a reality
Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development declared open five bridges constructed under the Neganahira Nawodaya Programme in the Eastern Province on 19th October 2011.
The bridges opened by Minister Basil Rajapaksa were:
315 meter Upparu bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 995 Million,
245 meter Gangai bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 956 Million,
175 meter Ralkuli bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 571 Million,
105 meter Verugal bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 250 Million and
85 meter Kayankeni bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 202 Million.
All these 5 bridges are constructed along the Trincomalee - Batticaloa (A-15) route, with the funds of Government of France and Government of Sri Lanka through massive road development project under the Eastern Re-awakening Programme. The ferry services which existed to transport people and vehicles across the rivers for centuries have been replaced with the construction of these bridges.
This programme will contribute to the government's ongoing rehabilitation programme in the Eastern Province and thereby improving the socio-economic conditions of the people living in the province.
S. Chandrakanthan, Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Susantha Punchinilame, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Nirmala Kothalawala, Deputy Minister of Highways and Ports, Mrs. Christine Robichon, French Ambassador in Sri Lanka and political representatives of the Eastern Province were present at these occasions.