Work on Kallady bridge begins
Construction work on the new Kallady Bridge at the Akkaraipattu,
Batticaloa-Thricondiyadi Road has commenced. An official of the Ministry
of Highways and Road Development said, "the total cost of this project
is Rs. 700 million, funded by the Japanese Government.
The project is due to be completed within three years". The Kallady
Bridge has two lanes for vehicles with two additional side lanes for
cyclists. The length of the concrete bridge is 290 metres and the width
is 14.5 metres. Informed sources said that construction work on bridges
at Arugam Bay, Oddamavadi, Erakkakandy, Puduwaikattu, Yanoya and Kinniya
Meanwhile, construction work on bridges in Komari, Kallar and
Koddaikallara has been completed.
Sources also said that the bridges will be built shortly in Verugal,
Ralkuli, Gangei and Upparu. Currently these areas are linked by ferry
services. Difficulties in transportation in those areas are expected to
ease with the new bridges.