Lanka’s first sea bridge

If this third attempt is implemented and it gets across the sea it will be Sri Lank's first sea bridge connecting two land points, Trincomalee and Kinniya. A foundation stone for such a bridge was first laid in 1974 but it was lost in the sea. Again another foundation was laid in 1994 but that too was drowned and was never heard of again. Now the Saudi Development Fund has come forward to help build this 400 metre bridge at a cost of Rs. 500 million. Eastern Development Minister Rauff Hakeem with parliamnetarians M.A.M.Maharoof and M.S.Thoufeek joined Saudi development expert Mohamed S. Al Arifi and other officials in an assessment visit a few days ago. Officials said that this time they were determined to go ahead and the project would take off within weeks. -Pic. by Sinniah Gurunathan


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