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Newly constructed Kalladi Bridge opened:

Country on rapid development track

All Sri Lankans are duty bound to be a part of the country's development forgetting bitter incidents of the past, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa participates in the opening of the newly constructed Kalladi Bridge in Batticaloa yesterday. Resettlement Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, Japanese ambassador Nobuhito Hobo and other officials were also present. Picture by Chandana Perera

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the newly constructed Kalladi Bridge, Batticaloa yesterday, the President said all should contribute for the country's development.

“The country is on a rapid development track and every one is experiencing dividends of development,” he said.

President Rajapaksa said Batticaloa was badly affected by terrorism for three decades and by the tsunami.

“The area is being rapidly developed in line with Uthuru Wasanthaya and Negenahira Navodaya,” he said.

The President thanked Japan for its assistance to develop the area.

The bridge, 288 metres in length and 15 metres wide, has been built next to the ancient Kalladi Bridge (Lady Manning Bridge) in the Batticaloa town by the government paralled to infrastructure development activities carried out in the Batticaloa district.

The new bridge takes in the heavy traffic volume, which the century old Lady Manning Bridge (Kallady bridge) is ill-equipped to cater to, easing the heavy traffic congestion in the Batticaloa town.

The government allocated Rs 1,970 million for the new bridge, which has two traffic lanes. The old Kalladi Bridge was said to be the longest bridge in the country in the past. The 288 metre Kalladi Bridge was built during the time of the British using giant iron frames. The bridge was named Lady Manning Bridge.

After several decades, it was found that the bridge was too narrow. Considering this and several other factors, the government decided to construct a new wide bridge consisting two traffic lanes parallel to the old bridge. Novel technology was used to construct the new bridge.

Lady Manning Bridge will not be removed, but preserved as a monument.

 

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