Danger! the bridge across Deduru Oya

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Story and pics by Hiran Priyankara Jayasinha

Sri Lanka’s second oldest railway bridge –the bridge across the Deduru Oya in Chilaw is in a badly dilapidated condition. Inaugurated in 1925 by the then Governor of Ceylon Sir William Henry, the bridge has seen better days. As a result of poor maintenance today railway passengers face a serious hazard.
Railway maintenance crews have used sharpened pieces of wood to keep the tracks in place where the iron bolts have come off.

Joseph Anthony who lives in the vicinity said he feared the bridge could collapse and cause harm to people’s lives. “The colonial rulers built the bridge, but we have failed to maintain it for the benefit of the future generations,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s second oldest railway bridge –the bridge across the Deduru Oya
Pieces of wood used to keep the tracks in place.
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