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Bridges built before laying foundation stone

Aug 18, 2010 10:47:49 AM - itnnews.lk

Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said that bridges are now being constructed before the laying of foundation stones instead of laying foundation stones without constructing them. He was speaking at the opening of a bridge across Kelani Ganga. It links Nawagamuwa and Maapitigama.

The Minister noted that with the liberation of the East after the President assumed office, 17 bridges had been built. These included the longest bridge in Kinniya and those in Arugam Bay, Upparu, Mutur, Pulmuddai and Puduvakattuwa. The President changed the concept of laying foundation stones and building bridges. Instead of laying foundation stones, roads and bridges were first constructed.

This bridge is another milestone in the history of the country. It was constructed at a cost of 42.5 million rupees. The length of the bridge which makes the prosperous village concept in the “Mahinda Chintana” a reality, is 113 metres long. Further, addressing the function, the Minister said that the Government has also taken appropriate measures to build a virtuous society along with the development of the country. Ministers Susil Premajayantha and Wimal Weerawansa and many regional politicians were present.