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Landmark Kinniya and Irakkandi bridges opened

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The longest bridge has been built across a lagoon in Kinniya. The Irakkandi Bridge was another dream of the Eastern polity. These two bridges were declared opened by President Mahinda Rajapakse a short while ago.

The new Kinniya Bridge was a long felt need of the people of the Eastern Province. It is the longest bridge to be built across a Lagoon. It links Horoi-Adi and Kinniya in Trincomalee. Construction work has been completed meeting the needs of the Eastern people. The work was carried out under the supervision of Senior Presidential Advisor and Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa and at the behest of the President.

The project cost 789 Million Rupees. It was built by China Oto Kaik Limited Construction Company, a Chinese firm and with financial assistance from the Saudi Development Fund. The Bridge which is 396 metres long has two lanes. The work was launched in 2004 when the President was serving as the Prime Minister. It will be of great relief to the people who earlier used to traverse across the Lagoon through a ferry service.

The Irakkandi Bridge which was devastated by the Tsunami has been rebuilt. Former Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle launched the work last year. The Government accelerated the construction work to facilitate people of several areas in the East. The allocation made for the Irakkandi Bridge and two other Bridges is 1.8 Billion Rupees.


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October 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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