Destroyed major bridges in Jaffna to be renovated
[TamilNet, Monday, 30 August 2004, 15:27 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army's Jaffna area commander Major General Sunil Tennekon at a
conference held at the Jaffna district secretariat on Monday assured the
civil authorities that the SLA would extend its support to
renovate major bridges in Jaffna district. These bridges were destroyed in
the war, civil sources said.
Jaffna District Deputy Director of Planning Mr.P.Suntharampillai presided.
Jaffna Government Agent Mr.S.Pathmanathan and several Road Development
Authority officials attended the conference.
The conference was summoned to discuss about the renovation of major
bridges, which included Vallai Bridge on Jaffna-Point Pedro road, Kaithady
Bridge on Kopay-Kaithady road and Chemmani Bridge in Jaffna town, sources said.
Major General Sunil Tennekon further said the SLA would relocate its
forward defense lines and checkpoints from the area enabling renovation
work in areas these major are located and also it would take immediate
steps to de-mine such areas, sources said.
Several army officers also participated in the conference.
Civil society leaders have been insisting that the renovation of
these bridges should be completed before the northeast monsoon rain sets in
during the latter part of the year.