Dutch Fort to be Handed Over to Future Generation in Its Former
[Updated :: 2010-07-15 23:40:07 Hours]
It will not be so long to see the world heritage historical Jaffna
Fort, one among the handful of landmarks to Jaffna, in its former
majestic appearance as a consequence of the government’s stand to
make the peninsula a centre of tourism.
Instructions to arrange preliminary ground preparations for reconstruction
were given to officials of Department of Archaeology by Hon. Minister
of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Mrs. Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi
during her inspection tour to the site on Tuesday (13) morning.
A special meeting was also held at the District Secretariat on the
Total cost for renovation of this historical Dutch Fort is estimated
approximately to be Rs. 100 million and the project is funded by
Maintenance were neglected of the Fort 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 until 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
parts of the construction and caused extensive damages to it.
Troops had to toil round the clock to de-mine the Fort before it
was opened for public. However, the moat around the Fort still remains
a risky area due to LTTE mines buried hazardously.
At request of the Archaeological authorities, Commander of the Army
Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya had assigned the task of de-mining
the moat to Commander Security Forces-Jaffna Major General Mahinda
Engineer troops of Sri Lanka Army, on instructions and guidance
of Commander SF-J, are presently working on the de-mining before
the renovation project commences.
Rev. Padderiye Gnanaloka Thero who is in charge of the Archaeological
Zone, Commissioner General Archaeology Dr. Senarath Dissanayake,
Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage
Mr. Nimal Rubasinghe, new Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Imelda Sukumar
and General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Sarath Wijesinghe
joined the Minister in the inspection tour.