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SLW News Desk Colombo

The longest bridge ever constructed in Sri Lanka was duly opened by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksha at a ceremoniously conducted event in Trincomalee yesterday (20). The newly constructed bridge in Kinniya, lengthening to 396 meters stretches from Horoi Adi of Trincomalee to Kinniya. President also commissioned the Irakkandi Bridge, stretching across the Irakkandi lagoon, the newly constructed replacement for the old bridge which was destroyed by the tragedy of the 2004 Tsunami.

The two bridges were constructed under the Eastern Province Reawakening Program for providing transport facilities to the people living in the Eastern Province who have undergone hardships due to terrorism for the past 30 years.

The 396 meter long, 10 meter wide Kinniya Bridge built at a cost of 790 million rupees received the financial aid from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was launched under the construction of China Auto Caiec Ltd. The bridge linking Kinniya with Trincomalee will enable civilians to cross the Kinniya lagoon to reach Kinniya and Mulattive areas.

Irrakkandi Bridge stretching to a 300 meter length and 7 meter width costing 713 million for the reconstruction programme, received the financial assistance of the Spanish Gvt for the completion of the effort.

The Kinniya Bridge considered as the longest bridge to be built across a lagoon and the Irakkandi Bridge is described as long hoped dream of the Eastern polity. The new Kinniya Bridge indeed was a long-felt need of the people of the Eastern Province.

 Thousands of kilometers of main roads, by-roads, inter provincial roads and rural roads have been developed by the Eastern Province Reawakening Program. Major express ways are in progress or near completion and several power plants at Kerawalapitiya, Norochcholai, Upper Kotmale, Uma Oya and Trincomalee have been also launched. 
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