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President Chief Guest at Jaffna National Thaipongal Festival

Jan 13, 2011 5:57:04 AM - news.lk

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will  be the Chief Guest at the National Thaipongal Festival to be held in Jaffna on 17th January.

On  Sunday the 16th , the President would commission the 288 meter long two-way Sangupitty Bridge as a Thaipongal gift to the people of Jaffna.  This bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 800 Million on A-32 highway will connect Karaitivu with Pooneryn and will reduce the travel time from Colombo to Jaffna by about 3 hours.  The government constructed the bridge on a loan obtained from the United Kingdom, with a view to provide better transport facilities to the people of Jaffna, and with a view to normalise the life in the Jaffna peninsula.  The bridge was constructed by Sri Lankan engineers ahead of schedule.