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Jaffna Fort to be reconstructed

Jul 26, 2010 11:59:10 AM - itnnews.lk

The historic Jaffna Fort is to be reconstructed. The Department of Archaeology will handle the reconstruction under the guidance of Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

A meeting to discuss the future conservation activities related to the Jaffna Fort was held at the Jaffna District Secretariat under the patronage of Minister Wanniarachchi. The Jaffna Fort and the affiliated reconstructions have a high historical value. However, due to the war that prevailed in the past, massive damage was caused to the Jaffna Fort. The Roman Catholic Church was ravaged. Arrangements have been finalized to spend more than 104 million rupees with assistance from the Government of the Netherlands for the full reconstruction of the Jaffna Fort and conserve its historical monuments. Initial surveying activities have already been completed. The Minister instructed officials to complete the reconstruction as soon as possible.