Access road to Somawathiya redone
The access road to the sacred Somawathiya Chaithya is being
re-constructed at Rs 2.7 billion to withstand floods as it has been
identified as a major flood prone area in the North Central Province.
Ports and Highways Deputy Minister Nirmala Kothalawala said the road
from Polonnaruwa to the Somawathiya sacred shrine via Thambhala and
Sungawila (40 kms) is being developed with Bank of Ceylon funding.
"The work involves construction of drains, culverts and bridges.
"Although previous governments did not go ahead with the road
development project, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has intervened to
commence the construction of the access road," he said.
The deputy minister made these remarks while inspecting the
construction of the road recently.
The Somawathiya shrine which drew a large number of devotees in the
past, was in an abandoned state due to LTTE terrorist activities for
nearly three decades.