The UK's Cleveland Bridge Ltd. has signed a £35 million deal with the government to build 210 permanent steel bridges in rural areas across the country.
The three-year project is partly funded with a loan of £ 35 from the Export Credits Guaranteed Department (ECGD) of the UK.
The cabinet approved the project in May 2011.
Under the project 210 permanent modern bridges of 6-30 meter in lengths made of steel and concrete will be installed across the country to replace temporary rope bridges which get washed away in rain and flooding.
The project will facilitate the mobility of rural and estate sector which has been greatly restricted because of the non-existence of required infrastructure and help isolated communities access to better education, healthcare and other facilities.
It aims to improve the rural roads network and to link rural communities with mainstream economic development since due to the lack of transportation facilities rural communities are being isolated and deprived them of opportunities to interact with other communities and to utilize resources available in other areas.
Cleveland Bridge will ship its first shipment of steel sections to Sri Lanka in July and a team of experts will visit Sri Lanka shortly to assist local engineers, the company announced.