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Mammoth funds for development projects

MANNAR: The Nation Building and Infrastructure Development Ministry will invest Rs. 3324.76 million on development projects this year.

A part of this amounting to Rs. 975.95 m is granted by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Germany’s GTZ, France and Norway, a Ministry spokesman said.

He said the balance Rs. 2348.81 million are local funds of which Rs. 1421.40 million will be spent on local projects. Rs. 653.31 million is for special projects and Rs. 274.01 million for building bridges.

The foreign funds would be utilised for infrastructure development, uplift conflict affected, minimise environment pollution and emergency rehabilitation work in Mannar, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts and Wanni and other areas in the Eastern Province.

Local funds would also be utilised for Trincomalee Town Development, re-settlement of people and rehabilitation of Somawathie Cetiya approach road.

Under special projects highways will be developed in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kankesanturai, Mavil Aru and Habarana.

Prospecting for Catchment areas, extension of KKS harbour and rehabilitation of Mavil Aru Circuit Bungalow will also be undertaken under special projects.

A sum of Rs. 274.10 million has been earmarked for building 10 bridges in Hambantota, Polonnaruwa and Puttalam districts.

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