"The people of our country are now
awaiting the victory in the 'economic war',
in a manner similar to our victory in the
war against terrorism. I am well prepared
and ready to face this challenge. I also
truly believe that our economy should be
independent, resilient and disciplined, with
a strong growth focus, operating as per
international standards, whilst maintaining
our local identity" – Mahinda
Chinthana (Vision for the Future)
initiated a mega development drive to
develop the Northern Province parallel to
the resettling of people aiming to rise from
the debris, left over by the devastating
terrorism. No one disagrees with the fact
that the Northern Province deserves all
attention after a lapse of thirty years.
The massive plan is aiming to make the
five districts of the North; Jaffna,
Kilinochchi, Mullativu, Vavuniya and Mannar
to be the most developed parts of the
Under this, projects are carried out to
expedite de-mining activities and
resettlement, build and repair houses roads
and bridges in the districts. Projects to
develop the status of health and education,
supply facilities for livelihood of the
people are also afoot to boost the social
infrastructure of the districts. The
government is also expanding the provision
of electricity to the households in these
five districts. Projects for construct
irrigation systems and water supply and
sanitation are also carried out to make the
Northern Province developed.
De-mining & Resettlement
In Jaffna District mine clearance has been
completed in 59% of the total area.
De-mining is in progress in another 6% of
the land area of the district. In addition
from Eluthumaduwal to Kankesanthurai, 44.4
Km distance is being de-mined for
rehabilitation of railway tracks.
24,863 families were resettled in Jaffna
District and resettlement assistance of Rs
25,000 was paid to 22,000 families. 147,800
Cement bags and 98,208 Roofing Sheets were
delivered to resettled families. 24,219
families have received the Dry food
Materials. Jungle clearance activity has
been completed in 72 GN Divisions and 2,500
Resettlement activities in Vadamarachchi
Reconstruction of 13,196 houses damaged by
the conflict has commenced and 7,904 houses
have been completed during 2006 to 2010.
2,826 new houses were constructed during the
first part of 2010. Under Indian Housing
Assistance, 2150 houses are proposed to be
reconstructed in Jaffna District.
Renovations of Jaffna University Auditorium
and Construction of Mini Gymnasium have been
done at a cost of Rs. 3.5m. In 05
Educational Zones, 224 projects have been
implemented. Works of Office building of
Zone Director Education and 31 school
buildings were completed and furniture and
books were supplied to reconstructed schools
at a cost of Rs. 17.07m.
Gymnasium of University of Jaffna
Construction of hospital buildings &
quarters and supply of vehicles at a cost of
Rs. 25.78m have commenced and 28, 000
families were benefited from these projects.
Administrative Block with OPD at
Chavakachcheri Base Hospital
24 community buildings, 48 multipurpose
buildings and one Play ground were
reconstructed at a cost of Rs. 82.3m and
100,000 families benefited from these
facilities. Two pre school buildings and a
Health Care Centre were reconstructed at a
cost of Rs. 1 million.
Roads & Bridges
Reconstruction of rural roads has been done
to cover 166.15 Km at a cost of Rs. 128.74
m. Municipal Roads and 68 Pradeshiya Sabha
Roads were also reconstructed.
Water Supply & Sanitation
36 wells and minor tanks were repaired with
a cost of Rs. 1.0m expenditure
Valukkai Aru Scheme is being rehabilitated
with the cost of Rs. 26.67 Mn for irrigating
1,348 ha. 18 Nos minor and medium Tanks were
reconstructed at a cost of Rs. 30.3 Mn.
Thondamanaru and Ariyalai Barrage are being
rehabilitated at the estimated cost of Rs
Valukkai Aru Scheme
Two villages were electrified under 3 sub
projects at the cost of Rs 5.95m in two D.S
Under Ports Development, KKS harbour is
being reconstructed at an estimated cost of
Provision of Supply Facilities for
42 projects with the cost of Rs 84.48m are
being implemented in 2010. Under this works
of ten Agrarian Service Centres were
completed. Also, 56 of Grapes cultivators
were assisted and 50 Jaffna farmers were
assisted by providing seeds and agricultural
Construction of Nargovil Market has been
completed at a cost of Rs. 5.80m and Works
of Vadamarachi East MPCS Head office and
Branches were completed with Rs. 15.54m
investment. Under Gama Neguma, Rs 4.0 m
Allocated for ICE Plant Project it is
expected 2271 families will benefit.
Coconut Seedlings Nursery
De-mining & Resettlement
88 GN Divisions in Kilinochchi has been
cleared for resettlement and de-mining work
in another 7 GN Divisions is in progress.
Mine fields in 58 locations have been
identified and being cleared.
In Kilinochchi district 35,475 families have
been resettled in 4 DS divisions and
Resettlement allowance of Rs. 25000 /= has
been provided to 4,770 resettled families
under Livelihood Assistance Scheme. 71,352
Cement packets, 184,380 Roofing Tin Sheets
and 32,533 Dry food materials were delivered
to resettled families. Jungle clearance
activity has been completed in 56 GN
division and 8258 families were benefited.
De-mining in Karachchi Division
In 2010, 3484 houses are being
reconstructed. Under Indian Housing
Assistance 17000 houses are proposed to be
Three of school buildings in Poonakary
and Zonal Education office in Karachchi have
been repaired and renovated at a cost of Rs.
Rs. 22m was allocated for
construction/reconstruction of 14 MPCS
buildings. A sum of Rs. 7.08m was allocated
for 22 Social and Spots development
activities. 21 activities have been
Roads & Bridges
Nearly 300 km of roads programmed for
rehabilitation at a cost of 94.77Mn in
Kilinochchi District. 31 projects worth
Rs58.78Mn have been completed so far.
Water Supply & Water Resources
In 2010, two activities completed out of 4
projects at a cost of Rs. 0.58m. Sum of Rs.
2m was allocated to construct 3 production
Agriculture & Livestock
Repairs of Urithirapuram Agrarian Service
Centre and renovation of Agriculture
Regional Research station, two Quarters and
Watcher Hut have been completed with
allocation of Rs. 15.48m. In addition to
that Rs. 17.3m was allocated to
construct/repair 6 Fertilizer Stores, 2 Seed
Farms, Karachchi Agrarian Centre and to
provide infrastructure facilities to
Regional Agriculture Research Centre.
Veterinary offices in Karachchi, Kandavalai
and Poonakary will be constructed at a cost
of Rs. 7.5m.
The office building for Assistant Director
of Fisheries in Karachchi and the district
fisheries inspector office in Poonakary will
be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.7m to
facilitate the fishermen in the district.
Akkarayan Kulam is being rehabilitated at
cost of Rs100Mn for irrigating 1383 hectares
of paddy fields and 40 minor medium tanks
are on going with allocation of Rs. 83.80m.
Kanagambikai Tank work - Karachchi,
De-mining & Resettlement
In Mullaitivu district out of 218 villages
de-mining has been completed in 96 villages
and in progress in another 110 villages.
Mines yet to be cleared in 12 Villages
Demining at Kumarapuram GN Division,
Meritamepattu DS Division
19,259 families were resettled in all 5 DS
Divisions. 51,232 Cement bags, 166,600 Tin
Sheets and 14,560 Dry food materials were
provided to resettled families. Around
12,811 families are to be resettled. A sum
of Rs. 265.38m was granted for cash for work
to manage immediate needs of the 9,147
resettled families in 85 GN Divisions.
Constructions of 1,808 houses are going
on. It is proposed to reconstruct 12,500
houses under Indian Housing Assistance. 613
No of Houses were completed in 2006 and
Conflict Damage Housing
A sum of Rs. 13.44m was allocated for
renovation of 14 school buildings to improve
the education facilities to the students.
Roads & Bridges
A sum of Rs. 102.83m was allocated for
rehabilitation of 73.39 of Km Roads in
Mullaitivu District and 25.39 Km of Roads
Water Supply & Sanitation
Rs.90m was allocated for 3 water supply
scheme for improve the drinking water
facilities to Oddisuddan, Thunukkai &
Manthai East DS Divisions and sum of Rs.
59.00m was expended.
21 minor tanks were rehabilitated at a
cost of Rs. 2.07m. In addition, a sum of
Rs.38.20m was allocated for the
rehabilitation of another 23 Minor tanks and
Rs. 60.00m was allocated for the
rehabilitation of Thenniyan Kulam Medium
term Irrigation Tank and 35 % of work is
A sum of Rs.3.52m was allocated for
improvement of the pulses and yam
cultivation and 1750 farmers are benefited
under these projects and a sum of Rs. 11.72m
was allocated for reconstruction of 9
Agricultural related buildings to provide
better services to the farmers. In addition,
Rs. 14.5m was allocated to renovate 8
fertilizer stores and two food & paddy store
A sum of Rs. 3.54 m was allocated for
promotion of the livestock activities and 2
Veterinary office buildings are being
reconstructed with allocation of Rs. 4.00m.
Nine MPCS building are being
reconstructed with an allocation of Rs.
34.66m and Expenditure was incurred Rs.
Karumpulliyan Outlets Building
A sum of Rs.4.00m was allocated for
completion of 6 Religious buildings in
Thunukai and Manthai DS Division.
Facilities for Skill Development
118 trainees were trained at a cost of
Rs.7.82m out of Rs.9m allocated and 50
trainees are being trained.
Demining & Resettlement
Mine clearance has been completed in 70 GN
divisions out of 72 suspected GN Divisions
in Vavuniya District. Overall progress is
Relief and Resettlement facilitated in 72 GN
divisions included to the 182 villages.
Altogether, 8,679 families (29,314 Persons)
have been resettled. To resettlers, 64,000
cement packets to 8,000 families, 77,736
Roofing Tin Sheets to 6,478 families,
agriculture equipments to 3430 families were
issued. Payment Rs. 25,000/= & above to each
4,663 resettled families to recognize their
livelihood in the resettled areas. And 4,025
permanent & 726 transitional shelters were
provided to them. 8,335 families have
received the dry food materials.
7,000 Houses were proposed for
reconstruction, 1,250 houses proposed for
repair and 200 cluster houses committed
under Indian assistance. 695 Houses and 595
Transitional Houses approved.
A sum of Rs. 4.27m was spent to construct
a building Artificial Prosthesis Centre at
Vavuniya General Hospital.
Road & Bridge
Rehabilitation of 117.9 km main roads &
internal roads is targeted at an allocation
of Rs. 94.62 Mn. for 2010. Expenditure upto
now is Rs. 61.40m.
Water Supply & Sanitation
Rehabilitation works of Water Supply Scheme
at Nedunkerny are going on at the cost of Rs.
25.6. Seven rural water supply projects are
being implemented in 2010,
Mamaduwa Irrigation Scheme at a cost of Rs.
50m for irrigating 267 ha. 285 families to
be benefited from this scheme. 98% of the
work has completed at a cost of Rs. 47.5m.
Nampankulam Irrigation Scheme at the cost of
Rs. 30m. for irrigating 104 ha. 49 families
are to be benefited from this Scheme.
Pavatkulam Scheme is also being implemented
this year. Until now, Rs. 42.0m. spent for
these schemes. In addition, Rs 23m was
allocated to renovate the minor and medium
thanks in 2010.
Damaged Agrarian Service Centre including
Fertilizer Stores are being renovated and
A.I quarters Kanagarayankulam.
Rs 104.57m was allocated for improve the
livelihood activities in 2010. Rs 39.99m was
expended up to now.
Demining & Resettlement
Mine clearance has been completed in 76 GN
Divisions out of total 153 and resettlement
has been commenced. Overall progress is 92%.
13624 families were resettled. 2,707
families have got the payment of Rs.25,000/=
as Resettlement Assistance. Jungle Clearance
activity is going on 57 GN Divisions and the
expenditure up to now is Rs.128.28m. After
the completion of jungle clearing activities
4,545 families will be benefited. 101,821
Roofing Sheets for 6,648 families and 64,000
Cement bags for 8,000 families were issued
to facilitate the resettlement process.
58,379 Beneficiaries received dry food
Out of 1,484 Housing Units, 170 Houses were
constructed and 1,311 Housing construction
is going on. From January to September 2010
expenditure is Rs.204.15m
25 Sub Projects such as Reconstruction of
School Buildings and Supply of Library Books
and Furniture were implemented at a cost of
Rs.185.90m. In the year 2010 Rs.1.2m was
spent for the supply of furniture to
Reconstruction of three storied school
building at Sithivinayagar Hindu College,
Medical Equipment & Eye Equipment were
provided at a cost of Rs.16.25m to Mannar
Rs.11.77m was spent for the construction of
MPCS buildings at Musali , Manthai West &
Mannar DS Divisions and Repairs of MPCS
Building at Musali DS Division. Predeshiya
Sabha Sub Office, Market Buildings, Post
Office, Public Library & Multipurpose
Buildings construction is going on at a cost
of Rs.39.23 m from which Rs.2.36 m was
Water Supply & Sanitation
Construction of Water Supply Scheme in
Arrippu – Musali DS Division was completed
at a cost of Rs.7.33m. In addition,
Vidathalthivu, Adampan and Thevanpiddy Water
Supply Schemes are going on at a cost of
Rs.56.00 m from which Rs.40.38 m was already
Supply Scheme, Murunkan - Mannar
Supply of Electricity to villages is going
on at a cost of Rs.4.00 m. 60% of Works are
completed. Upon completion of the project
550 persons will be benefited.
Electricity Supply to Villages in Mannar
Rehabilitation of Giants Tank is going on
Physical Progress is 77%. Out of Rs.160m
Allocation, Rs.61.74m was spent. 20% of
Thadchanamaruthamadhu Tank Work is completed
and the Expenditure is Rs.9.22m. Allocation
is Rs.26.00m. Rehabilitation of
Akathimurippu Tank Scheme is implemented at
a cost of Rs.110.00m out of which Rs.99.77m
has already been spent. Physical Achievement
Palavi Tank at Thiruketheeswaram
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry work
allocation is Rs.3.5m from which Rs.1.60m
has already been spent. Physical achievement
Roads & Bridges
Reconstruction of Rural, Municipal & Local
Roads has been done to cover 17.75 km at a
cost of Rs.10.78m. Rehabilitation of 50.75
km road works is going on at a cost of
Implementation of Livelihood Support
Activities for Mannar, Madhu, Nanaddan and
Musali DS Division is going on at a cost of
Rs.50.00m from which Rs.14.90m has already
been spent. Livelihood Assistance is
implemented at a cost of Rs.0.70m.
Expenditure is Rs.0.51m.
Facilities for Skill Development
Construction of 20 Training Centers at
Mannar, Nanaddan & Musali DS Divisions are
implemented at a cost of Rs13.32m.
Expenditure is Rs.5.67m. Masonry & Carpentry
Training for 125 Trainees is given at a cost
Rehabilitation of 11 Nos. of Markets &
Industrial Buildings & 2 Bakeries is going
on at a cost of Rs.6.30m. Expenditure is
A sum of Rs.2.11m was allocated to perform
the religious activities in Mannar District.
Under Thiruketheeswaram Temple Development
Programme Rs.256.43m was allocated in 2010,
out of this, Rs.135.00m was spent.
After nearly three decades of oppression
due to LTTE terrorism, the Eastern Province
was liberated with the Mavil-Aru
humanitarian operation, bringing new hope
for lasting peace and prosperity to the
region. Since the liberation, the people of
the East have seen positive changes. The
government took immediate steps to clear
landmines, resettle the displaced and
establish democracy in the province.
Elections were held in March 2008 to the
Local Authorities after lapse of 14 years.
Elections of members to the first ever
Eastern Provincial Council were held in May
For the first time in nearly three decades,
the people of the Eastern Province were able
to fully exercise their right to participate
in the democratic process, a right which was
denied to them by the LTTE. With the
elections, the Batticaloa Municipal Council
was established and Batticaloa’s first Lady
Mayor, Sivageetha Prabagaran was elected.
A year and a half since the elections, the
Eastern Province has seen massive
development in all sectors. There is
significant improvement in the civil
administration, livelihoods of people,
education sector, economy and infrastructure
restoration as well as security in the
Under the “Negenahira Navodaya” Programme
major development projects have commenced
and some completed in all three districts of
the Eastern Province. The programme aims to
promote de-militarization, development,
democratization and devolution in the East.
Thus, it incorporates the core components of
the Mahinda Chintana which are restoration
of law and order and civil administration,
equitable resource allocation among all
communities, speedy implementation of the
de-mining programme, restarting livelihood
activities and reconstruction of damaged
social and economic patterns, as well as
The government’s expenditure between 2006 –
2008 for re-settlement, economic
infrastructure, productive sector and social
infrastructure was Rs.12 240.55, 81 951.51,
2 662.10 and 5 545.94 millions respectively.
Maintaining law and order
The Government has taken action to station
security forces in strategic locations to
establish a strong security network in the
Eastern Province. It has established new
police stations and police posts and also
recruited Tamil police officers for the
Five new Police Stations and 41 new Police
Posts have been established in the
Batticaloa District while 7 new Police
Stations and 6 new Police Posts have been
established in the Trincomalee and Ampara
Also 301 Tamil speaking Police Officers from
the Eastern Province have been recruited and
at present they are deployed to serve the
people in the Batticaloa District.
Paddy cultivation areas were 4% in 2006-2007
and it was increased up to 7% in 2007-2008
in Ampara District. It was -13% in
Batticaloa District in 2006-2007 and then
increased to 133% in 2007-2008. The paddy
cultivation area in Trincomalee District was
38% in 2006-2007 and it increased up to 58%
Overall the paddy cultivation was increased
from 5% in 2006-2007 to 38% in 2007-2008.
The average yield of the Eastern Province
increased from 4.1 in 2007 to 4.29 in 2008.
Maize cultivation was 8,200m in 2006-2007
and it was increased to 12,775m in
2008-2009. As a result the maize production
went up from 12,301M to 19,163m in
Ground Nut cultivation was 1,089m in
2006-2007 and increased to 2,127m in
2008-2009. Thus, the Ground Nut production
went up from 2,178m (2006-2007) to 4,254m in
Green Gram cultivation was 1,115m in
2006-2007 and it was increased to 2,310m in
2008-2009. Thus, the production increased
from 1, 673m (2006-2007) to 3,466m in
Cowpea cultivation was 742m in 2006-2007 and
it was increased to 6,409m in 2008-2009. The
production increased from 1,114m (2006-2007)
to 9,610m in 2008-2009.
Red Onion cultivation was 416m in 2006-2007
and it was increased to 634m in 2008-2009.
The production increased from 10,400m
(2006-2007) to 15,850m in 2008-2009.
Vegetable cultivation in the Eastern
Province was 5345 hectares in 2006-2007. It
was increased to 9518 hectares in 2008-2009.
The cattle population in the Province was
264,063 in 2006 and it was increased to
326,671 in 2008 while the poultry population
was 698,074 in 2006 and increased to 883,821
The total milk production of the Eastern
Province was 96,411 litres per day in 2006.
It was increased to 160, 404 litres in 2008
due to access to collection facilities and
replacement of lost livestock.
Other dairy products, such as curd, ghee
yoghurt also increased according to the
higher milk production in the East.
The expenditure for economic infrastructure
in Eastern Province was Rs.82, 951.51
million. The government expenditure for the
construction of roads and bridges was Rs.36,
209.02m. The Government also allocated
Rs.1533.19m for electricity, Rs.44, 865.30m
for water supply and drainage, Rs.68.75m for
transport and Rs.75.25m for ports
The Government has initiated a project to
build 42,747 houses in the Eastern Province,
at a cost of Rs.9591.087 million.
Scheme for the Eastern Province
The Government is building 34,860 new
houses for middle and low income families in
Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee
Districts. 26,500 of existing houses will be
improved under this project. The fund
requirement for this task is Rs.10, 667
Roads and bridges
The Government has initiated construction
and repair of 3007 km of roads, 28 new
culverts and 32 bridges. The expenditure for
this task is Rs.36 209.02 million.
Road projects in the East such as
Akkarapattu-Sakamam, Outer circular,
Potuvil-Panama have been successfully
The Kinniya Bridge in Trincomalee was
successfully completed at a cost of Rs.789mn
and opened to the public. This is currently
the longest bridge in Sri Lanka and
significant as it is built in the Eastern
Province which was plagued by terrorism just
a few years ago. Road Connectivity Upparau,
Manampitiya, Pudawikkattu, Irakkandi, Yan
Oya, Arugambay and Komari Causeway bridges
have successfully completed.
Oddamavadi, , Ralkullai, Gangai, Verugal,
Panichchankerny Causeway, Kayankerny,
Kallady, Koddaikalar Causeway, Periyakallar
Causeway, are the ongoing projects for
bridges in the East.
Power and Energy
The Eastern Province was gradually provided
with electricity and areas with electricity
substantively increased from 2005 to 2008.
Electricity was provided to only 42.33% in
Ampara District in 2005. It increased to
56.50% in 2008. Batticaloa District had
electricity in only 46.00% of the province
in 2005 but went up to 54.20% by 2008. It
was 55.57% in Trincomalee District in 2005
and then rose to 56.50% in 2008. In 2005
only 47.90% of the entire Eastern Province
had electricity but it increased to 59.00%
The Sri Lankan government has commenced
development of ports not only in the western
and southern parts of the country but also
in the Eastern and Northern Provinces, where
terrorism prevailed for nearly three
decades. The government’s commitment to
spread development to the entire nation and
bring better lives to all communities is
evident through these port development
projects in the North and East.
Trincomalee harbor is the fifth largest
natural harbour in the world and the
available water and land area is about ten
times as much as the Port of Colombo.
Trincomalee was tentatively identified to
cater for bulk and break bulk cargo and port
related industrial activities including
heavy industries, tourism and agriculture
At present Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)
is in the process of developing Trincomalee
as a metropolis growth centre. SLPA has
completed a zoning plan to utilize the huge
amount of existing unutilized land under its
jurisdiction on the outcome of the analysis
with other sectors of development, such as
UDA, BOI, and Tourist Board etc. SLPA has
advertised locally and internationally for
proposals from potential investors for the
Industrial Park and Tourism Zone in the
Trincomalee Ocean City.
Port of Oluvil
Under the “Negenahira Navodaya” Programme
which was launched to expedite development
activities in the region, high priority is
given to the development of the Port of
Oluvil which is significant to the growth of
the Eastern Region of Sri Lanka.
This port will form the South Eastern link
in the developing chain of coastal harbours
in the country and will provide more
convenient and cost effective access to and
from the South Eastern region for goods and
cargo originating on the west coast.
The proposed project comprises the
construction of a commercial harbour and a
basin for fishing craft and covers a land
area of 60ha in the first stage and 105 ha
in the second stage. The harbour basin would
cover an area of 16ha of the sea and would
spread 1.2km along the coast line.
The acquisition and purchasing of lands for
the project is completed. Compensation
payments to 806 beneficiaries have already
Permanent Building constructions, such as
administration buildings, Fishery Harbour
activity buildings etc. are in progress
while internal roads and access road
constructions are continuing.
Water Supply and Drainage
The expenditure for upgrading the water
supply and drainage system in the
Trincomalee District is Rs.4 281.10 million
with benefits to over 20,000. In Batticaloa
District the project costs Rs.9 594.98
million benefiting over 43 000. The
expenditure for upgrading the water supply
in the Ampara District is Rs.30 123.78
million benefiting more than 30,000.
Wandaramulla Surface Tank
The project for irrigation schemes developed
Raja-Ela (clearing water weeds & purifying),
Mavil –Aru Radial Gates, Verugal Anicut
Rehabilitatio, Mahaweli Flood Bund Neelapola
and Left & Right Bank Bund.
Rehabilitation is also done on Rugam Tank,
Batticaloa. The total estimated cost for the
task is Rs.340m which was funded by the
World Bank. Farmers of Koralaipattu South
and Eravurpattu areas will benefit from
Morawewa cannel was rehabilitated at a cost
of Rs.171.0mn. Tank bund work of the
Province was done with an allocation of
40.0mn and the Puluganawa Tank Head work was
completed at a cost of Rs.291.0m.
The augmentation of Unnichchi Tank is done
at a cost of Rs.443m funded by the ADB. It
will supply water to approximately 4200 farm
families in Eravur and Batticaloa.
The Government has deployed nearly 60 new
busses and built 2 model depots in
Trincomalee District at a cost of Rs.8.93
million. 5 route permits were also issued
and school services started in the District.
62 new buses were deployed while 2 model
depots were built in Batticaloa District at
a cost of 50.07 million. Drivers were
recruited and the railway station was
repaired by the Government. Fourteen rest
rooms were also built to facilitate the
stand - Trincomalee Town
57 new buses were deployed while 2 model
depots were built in Ampara District at a
cost of Rs.9.75 million.
Steps have been taken by the government to
establish an industrial estate in 25 acres
in Trincomalee at a cost of 125.44mn, which
will be used for vocational training
activities in the automobile trade, leather
trade and scientific dress making.
A weaving centre, a building for clay
products and handloom centres were renovated
at a cost of 19.47m in Ampara.
The Eastern Province is endowed with a 420
km coastline world renowned for its wide
sandy beaches and warm shallow sea water.
Kokilai to Arugambe coastline is famous for
its scenic beauty and has long been
established for surfing, the world's 13th
best surfing location.
Pottuvil offers what has been described as
“every surfer's dream of a tropical wave”.
Nilaweli is another famous place for water
sports enthusiasts and Pasikudah offers wide
sandy beaches while Kalkudah is identified
as excellent tourist destination.
The Government is developing a Picnic Area
in Nilaveli and Pasikuda at a cost of Rs.3
million. A museum has been constructed in
Seruwawila at a cost of Rs.8 million and
China Bay Airport Terminal is also being
constructed at a cost of Rs.1 million.
Metro Development Plan – Trincomalee Special
The Government has planned to make
Trincomalee as a Special Economic Zone,
under the Metro Development Plan.
Under this programme the preliminary
construction work and structural work of the
Outer Circular road of 58km between Alas
Garden–Kanniya has been completed.
Construction of a vegetable market complex
has also been completed and the market is
functioning at present. The total cost spent
for that was Rs.133mn.
The construction of a new bus stand has
been completed with the assistance of USAID.
The first stage of construction of the
new Secretariat Building is also completed
at a cost of Rs.68mn.
Development achieved 2010
A sum of 823.00 Million has been spent set
apart for 2010 for the development projects
for Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee in
the Eastern Province. The projects under
three components of the Gama Neguma program
i.e. Spiritual Development, Livelihood
Development and Infrastructure Development
have been implemented in the Province to
prioritize according to the need of the
Accordingly, Rs.340.5mn allocated for
Ampara District while Rs.208.5mn and
Rs.249mn have been allocated for the
districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa
248 projects to develop the Batticaloa
district have been completed as at 31 August
Under this, 26.02kms of rural roads have
been developed by the Gama Neguma program.
Total beneficiaries of the components are
173592 and the development of rural roads
help to make easy access to the rural
villages, reduce the time by 30-40%. It
creates more demand for the productions of
Their earnings have increased by 10% because
of the price competition among venders.
Further it would improve people’s access to
markets and services and the mobilization of
labor from remote areas to growing nodes of
the Eastern province. It is helping to
reduce poverty, and improve life standards.
162 projects out of 207 have been completed
with the by fulfilling the target to uplift
the Trincomalee district. A major portion of
the allocation i.e. Rs. 208.80m under Gama
Neguma is set apart for infrastructure
development. As at end of August 2010, 231
projects have been completed at a cost of Rs.
Furthermore, damaged and vulnerable 32
schools in the Batticaloa and Trincomalee
districts have been repaired at a cost of Rs
Total numbers of agriculture and livestock
projects are 355 and 45 irrigation
development projects have been implemented
under Gama Neguma program. 130000 hectares
of abandoned paddy lands have been
cultivated during last Yala and Maha
sessions. Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee
districts contribute to 23% of the total
paddy production of the country in 2008 by
providing 900 000 metric tons (Central
Bank-2008). Further improvement will be
expected in 2009. Main objective of the
components is improving life standards of
the beneficiaries which is achieving
gradually under this projects.
Seventy five projects are in progress in
Ampara district to concrete roads, construct
and repair bridges, construct irrigation
systems. Projects to supply electricity to
households and uplift livelihood are also