Chinese grant for A-32 road construction
The Chinese Government has pledged to provide financial assistance to
construct the A-32 road, connecting Thalladi in Mannar with Jaffna
through Pooneryn over a distance of 114.26 km.
Highways and Road Development Minister T. B. Ekanayake told the Daily
News that the Chinese Government has made this pledge after the Security
"This reflects the support of the international community for the
humanitarian and development mission of the Government and is highly
appreciated," the Minister said.
He noted that the first phase of the construction has already begun
under the supervision of the Road Development Authority and the
Ministry. The Government has allocated Rs. 4,950 million for the first
phase. He said the Chinese fund will be utilised for the project's
second phase and tenders for the construction of the second stage had
already been awarded to 10 local contractors last week.
The road would be renovated by using latest technology including
Double Bituminous Surface Treatment (DBST) and will be widened to 6.2
metres. It is expected that the process could be expedited with the
assistance of the Task Force which was set up by the Government
recently, he said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has emphasised the speedy reconstruction
of the A-32 road as it would vastly the IDPs resettlement process.
The Minister said this step would immensely improve the transport
service in the entire area resulting in the speedy development of
agriculture, fishing and tourism sectors.