Saudi aid for road construction in Trincomalee
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 January 2003, 23:30 GMT]
A three member expert team of Saudi Development Fund arrived Trincomalee
Wednesday accompanied by Minister and the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim
Congress Mr.Rauff Hakim and conducted a feasibility study for the proposed
construction of a four hundred meter long bridge over the
Trincomalee-Kinniya lagoon at a cost of around five hundred million rupees,
Port ministry sources said.
The Saudi expert team comprised Engineer Mohamed Al-Ariff (Director-Asia
Project), Engineer Mohamed S.Al-Gofili (Electrical Engineer) and an
Economist Mr.Abdulla Al-Shedokki, sources said.
The main purpose of the construction of this bridge is to re-open the
Trincomalee-Batticaloa highway through Kinniya, which had been abandoned
for more than three decades, sources said.
Saudi development Fund has promised Minister Rauff Hakim that it would
allocate 1700 million rupees to rehabilitate Trincomalee-Batticaloa road,
Kinniya Tampalakamam road and Kuchchaveli-Pulmoddai road by constructing
bridges, RDA sources said. As a first step Saudi Development Fund has
agreed to allocate five hundred millions to construct a bridge linking
Kinniya with mainland Trincomalee
|Saudi Development Foundation team members discuss about the construction of the bridge with Minister Rauff Hakimand parliamentarians M.A.M.Maharoof and M.S.Thowfeek while going to Kinniya by mechanised ferry|
One of the four parliamentarians of the Trincomalee district
Mr.M.A.M.Maharoof and a national list parliamentarian Mr.M.S.Thowfeek, also
accompanied the Saudi team, sources said.
Kinniya town in the Trincomalee district has a population of more than
eighty thousand but it is not linked by road with the mainland Trincomalee.
Only mechanized ferry service is being conducted between Kinniya and
Trincomalee. Several attempts were made in past to construct a bridge over
the Kinniya lagoon but all proved futile, RDA sources said. Kinniya town is
about eleven km off south west of Trincomalee town.
The Trincomalee-Batticaloa road, which is called as A-15 highway, is not in
use at present as it is in a state of disrepair. Three bridges are to be
constructed to re-open the A 15 highway for vehicular traffic. One of the
three bridges should be constructed to link Kinniya with mainland
Trincomalee by road, sources said.