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Army Engineers Begin De-Mining the Moat around Jaffna Fort
[Updated :: 2011-05-03 13:03:23 Hours]

On directives of Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, troops of the 1 Field Engineers Regiment serving under the SF-J last month commenced de-mining work of the moat around the historical Jaffna Fort which is being reconstructed by the Archaeological Department with financial aid of the Netherlands.

The team of Field Engineer solders assigned to the task started removing the mines and UXOs (Unexploded Ordnance) in the moat on 20th April. Army de-miners expect to complete the project within three months.

Maintenance of the Fort was neglected when it fell out of the government administration after a pitched battle between the government forces and the LTTE who used it as a terrorist strong point. It was regained by the Security Forces in Operation Riviresa in 1996. Terrorists paying no heed to the historic value of this world heritage blasted some parts of the construction and caused extensive damages to it. Army Engineer troops had to toil round the clock to de-mine the Fort before it was reopened for the public.

Total cost for renovation of this historical Dutch Fort is estimated approximately to be Rs. 100 million.

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