President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday asserted that the government's programme to develop rural areas for the benefit of people after eradicating 30 years of terrorism will not be overturned in the face of adverse elements that are trying to disrupt the government's massive development programs.
Speaking at a ceremony to vest the Padeniya - Anuradhapura road with the public, the President requested the public to unite and step into develop the country by protecting the Sri Lankan identity.
The Ministry of Ports and Highways widened and reconstructed the 80-kilometre stretch of Padeniya - Anuradhapura road at a cost of Rs.7 billion with the grant assistance from Korea. The road will provide direct transport facilities to Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Mannar and Jaffna from North Western Province via Padeniya.
The President said the laws passed for the old roads should be amended.
President Rajapaksa also said that building pavements (sidewalks) for pedestrians would be made compulsory in future.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Jongmoon Choi, Ministers and parliamentarians participated in the occasion.