Sangupiddy Bridge to Usher an Era of Wasantham to North
[Updated :: 2011-01-17
a landmark in the contemporary history of islandís transportation,
the newly constructed Sangupidddy bridge which connects Poonaryn
in the mainland and the Jaffna peninsula was declared open by His
Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday (16.01.2011)
of the bridge on the A-32 road provides an alternative route from
Colombo to Jaffna via Chialw, Puttalam, Silavathirai, Mannar, Poonaryn,
Kerathivu and Navatkuli. The new iron bridge which cost the government
about Rs. 1037 million is another phase of Jaffna development project
under the Uthuru Wasanthaya or Wadakkin
Wasantham programme initiated by the government. The
288 m long bridge with a width of 7.4 m cuts short the traveling
distance from Puttalam by about 80 km.
the residents in nearby areas got their transport requirements fulfilled
via Sangupiddy using a ferry service. However, they were deprived
of the ferry facility after the terrorists destroyed the famous
Sangupiddy jetty in early 90s. Civilians had to spend many hours
traveling an extra mileage to reach the both ends lying within a
seeing distance less than six kilo metres.
of the bridge this weekend will hereafter facilitate transport of
passengers and goods from south to north and vice versa promoting
trade and commerce in the north and strengthening good relations
further between the north and the south. Especially, people in Poonaryn
area will find easy way to Chavakachcheri hospital which was recently
equipped with many medical facilities under the governmentís northern
development programme or even to Jaffna Teaching hospital. In the
same way, Jaffna Hindus and Catholics who used to go to Thiruketheeswaram
and the Madhu church respectively can resume their journey using
the new bridge. On the other hand, agriculture in Poonaryn, popular
as granary in the north, and Mannar which encompasses Rice Bawl,
will flourish in days to come.
Moreover, this engineering marvel which was completed within 8-12
months will make a history as a Peace Building Bridge.
opening ceremony at Sangupiddy was attended by Ministers, parliamentarians,
service commanders, senior military officers, senior government
officials, and a large crowd of people.