Committed to achieve equity in development -
We are committed in developing the Northern areas and achieving equity in development, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa vesting the Sangupitti Bridge with the public yesterday (16 Jan).
‘This bridge is another development initiative under the Northern development programme. You are experiencing development which has not been seen in these areas for a long time’, stated the President speaking in Tamil. He added, ‘the bridge is a dream come true for the people of the North’.
The government plans to provide all services to the Northern people such as education, health, housing, electricity, road networks apart from bridges, President Rajapaksa said. ‘We are spending millions of rupees for this and will continue to do so’.
The 288 meter long bridge which comprises two lanes connects Karaitivu and the Pooneryn jetty. The people in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mannar will be able to travel between these areas quickly with less cost. The bridge reduces a distance of 110kms between Mannar and Jaffna limiting travel time to three hours.
The A-32 road via Puttalam and Mannar will be the shortest route to Jaffna from Colombo with the opening of the Sangupitti Bridge.
The bridge is seen by the people as a Thai Pongal gift to the people of Jaffna.
The construction of the Bridge costing Rs. 1037 million was completed in eight months ahead of schedule. The government received a soft loan for this project from United Kingdom.
Commenting on the opening of the Sangupiddy Bridge, Acting British High Commissioner Mark Gooding said, ‘the bridge will connect communities and contribute to a future of economic prosperity for the people of the north’.
‘The British Government is pleased to have been able to support this project by providing financial support to the British company Mabey and Johnson. This is a significant step in the development of northern Sri Lanka after the end of the war.
My warmest wishes and congratulations go out to all those involved in this initiative."