Gather to Review Progress of Jaffna Fort Conservation Project
:: 2011-05-27 09:00:15
A special meeting presided by Secretary to the Ministry of National
Heritage Mrs. Kanthi Wijethunge was held on Thursday (26.05.2011)
at the Jaffna Library Conference Hall to review the progress of
renovation of the historical Jaffna Fort.
Senior officials of the Netherlands Embassy, Archaeological Department,
Urban Development Authority, Jaffna Municipality, Archaeology experts,
students at the Universities of Moratuwa and Jaffna and Security
Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) actively participated in exchanging
views on the project.
Opening the symposium, Mrs. Kanthi Wijethunge thanked the Security
Forces for ushering peace to the island paving way to reconstruct
and conserve Jaffna heritage for future generations.
Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, during his address
expressed his delight about the unity of students from the University
of Jaffna and University of Moratuwa who tirelessly contribute to
prepare a concept paper in preserving this heritage site in Jaffna.
Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe thanked the government of Sri Lanka for
initiating the project of Jaffna Fort Conservation and the Netherlands
for funding the project. He also pledged all the assistance that
could be extended by the Army to the project.
Prof. P. Pushparaja of the Jaffna University, Prof. S. Manawadu
of the University of Moratuwa, Senior Archaeologist and Director
Jaffna Fort Conservation Mr. P.B. Mandawala, Head of Division and
Senior Expert Cultural Heritage Mrs. ir Antoinette Le Coultre and
Senior Expert Urban Heritage Mr. ir Okko Klooster of Netherlands
also addressed the gathering.
Students and officials who attended the Workshop on the Revitalization
of Jaffna Historic Core that preceded the Thursday’s progress review
meeting were awarded with certificates by Mrs. Kanthi Wijethunge,
Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe and a few other officials.
Regional Archaeological Officer Jaffna Ven. Patberiye Gnanaloka
Thero was also present.