Engineers Begin De-Mining the Moat around Jaffna Fort
:: 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.
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.
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.
cost for renovation of this historical Dutch Fort is estimated approximately
to be Rs. 100 million.