Road Opened after 28 Years
:: 2011-07-11 08:20:30 Hours]
The Atchuvely – Point Pedro (PPD) main road running via Thondamanaru
that had been closed nearly for 28 years was opened for the public
on Sunday (10) by Hon Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil
Hon. Minister Basil Rajapaksa accompanied by Hon. Minster of Traditional
Industries and Small Enterprises Development Mr. Douglas Devananda,
Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri
and Commander Security Forces – Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
opened the road cutting a ribbon amidst applause of cheerful villagers.
It will hereafter be open 24 hours for the use of civilians.
The 4.5 km long Atchuvely-PPD road via Thondamanaru will reduce
the traveling distance of people by about 10 km between destinations.
The road was closed due to security reasons for the public in 1983
after LTTE terrorists destroyed famous Thondamanaru bridge and intensified
their terrorist activities in the area. Since then civilians had
been using Jaffna-PPD main road via Vallai causeway traveling extra
miles and spending more time.
Opening of the road would benefit approximately 25000 civilians
including schoolchildren, teachers, government servants and specially
Hindu devotees arriving in Thondamanaru to worship sacred Sella
Sannathi Skandha temple situated on the bank of the lagoon where
the famous “Pada Yathra” in which hundreds of Northern Hindus walk
to Kathragama to make offerings to God Skandha begins.
Addressing the gathering of civilians and government officials,
Hon. Minister Basil Rajapaksa said, “Some politically motivated
parties are blaming the government that resettlement process gets
delayed. When resettlement is completed they again complain that
no facilities are available for the resettled. This canard is totally
untrue and they feel envious that public is now enjoying the fruit
“The government was able to provide all the facilities to people
due to the commitment of Security Forces. I must be thankful to
the Commander Security Forces – Jaffna and the troops for their
untiring effort taken towards resettlement and reconstruction,”
Hon. Minister added.
He made a special note on humanitarian assistance extended by the
Army to civilians completing de-mining, distributing relief items,
helping schoolchildren, constructing houses and even providing meals
A new bus service via Thondamanaru was started by the Hon. Minister.
A large gathering of civilians were present on the occasion.