Sept 14, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided over 1.7 billion rupees (1.206 Japanese Yen) in assistance to Sri Lanka for the construction of the Manmunai Bridge across the Batticaloa lagoon in Eastern Province.
The project implemented through JICA, is aimed at expediting the ongoing development initiatives in the Eastern Province and thereby improving the social and economic conditions of the people living in these areas.
A press release issued by the Japanese Embassy in Colombo said the eastern part of the Batticaloa lagoon damaged by the tsunami in 2004 was reconstructed with donor assistance including Japan but the western part of the lagoon remained inaccessible during the conflict and was not developed depriving the people in the area of benefits.
As the main transport mode across the lagoon, small ferries, are not available during heavy rains and flooding, construction of the Manmunai Bridge aims at connecting the western and eastern parts of the lagoon improving the accessibility to health and education services, trade and commerce and open up new livelihood opportunities for the people.
The Manmunai Bridge is expected to improve the lives of the people in the Eastern province.
Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Kunio Takahashi and Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. P.B. Jayasundara signed the agreement Tuesday (13) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning.