The new Sangupiddi bridge was vested in the people by the President making the Mahinda Chintana policy a reality.
Speaking at the occasion the President said that the Government has fulfilled the promises made before the people. He said that a dream entertained by the people in the North for several years has been realized. He noted that it is not an election promises, but one step in the development process. He stressed that the government promised to create an environment where the people could live in harmony and their children are able to live without fear and suspicion. He said that this task is now being fulfilled.
The Sangupiddi bridge on the A-32 Jaffna – Manna road, which links the Jaffna Peninsula with the remaining areas of the island was vested in the people by the President this evening. The bridge which is 288 metres in length and 7.4 metres in width consists of two lanes. The bridge built under British aid cost more than one billion rupees. The bridge shortens the distance between Mannar and Jaffna by 110 kilometres. It also decreases the time consumed by three hours. The construction work was carried out by the bridge construction division of the Road Development Authority under the supervision of Ports and Highways Ministry. The President addressed the people in the Tamil language as well. He said that the Government is specially focusing on the development of the North and East and the prosperity of the people living in those areas.
Ministers Douglas Devananda and Basil Rajapaksa, Northern Governor G.A. Chandrasiri and Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga also participated in the occasion.