Kinniya-Moothoor land route re-opened
[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 December 2007, 17:11 GMT]
Kinniya-Moothoor road along Trincomalee-Batticaloa A 15 highway was reopened last Friday for public transport after seventeen years by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA). Ferries have been put on service to connect the three causeways, Upparu, Gangai and I'raalku'li that separate Moothoor and Kinniya along A 15 highway. The strip of road was closed since 1990 due to security reasons by the SLA, sources said.
The Sri Lanka Army has allowed public transport service between 8 a.m. till 5.30 p.m. daily on the new route.
The reopening of the strip of road has helped commuters travelling between Trincomalee and Moothoor by sea due to the breakdown of Seruvila-2 passenger vessel.
A-15 highway starts from Trincomalee town and goes through Kinniya, Upparu, Gangai, Ir'aalkuli, Moothoor, and from there straight to Batticaloa via Verugal.
The road was reconstructed at a cost of about 4 million rupees allocated by the Ministry of Nation Building and Infrastructure Development Ministry on the recommendation of the East Provincial Governor Mohan Wijewickrema, sources said.