Japan provides US$15m grant for Sri Lanka road construction

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 November 2010, 12:18 GMT]
Japanese officials signed a 1.2 billion Japanese Yen, approx. LKR 1.6 billion, grant agreement to reconstruct five bridges in the Eastern Province, at the Ministry of Finance on 25 November 2010, Sri Lanka media reported Thursday. Under the grant agreement, four bridges between Padiyathalawa and Ea'raavoor on the A5 in Maha Oya and Ea'raavoorpaththu DS Divisions, and the panichchangkea'ni bridge and causeway on the A15 (Trincomalee-Batticaloa Road) will be reconstructed.

Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka, Kunio Takahashi, Secretary to the Treasury Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr Akira Shimura signed the agreement.

The A5 is the primary road link from the Central and Uva Provinces to the Eastern Province, while the A15 interconnects the three districts of the Eastern Province – Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara.

The existing bridges which have been constructed some 60 years ago are in a dilapidated state due to neglect and the impact of war.

Within the post-tsunami and post-conflict reconstruction, both the A5 and A15 roads have been widened for two-lane traffic.

Transportation sources said the grant assistance will allow the bridges to be widened to two-lane traffic thereby removing the traffic bottleneck caused by the bridges.

“We hope this assistance will contribute to improving connectivity within and among the provinces, and will provide better access for residents of the Eastern Province to socio-economic facilities”, says Mr. Akira Shimura, Chief Representative of JICA – Sri Lanka Office.

JICA is currently the largest donor to the road sector in Sri Lanka. JICA’s current assistance in the sector include: the construction of the Southern Expressway and Outer Circular Highway, improvement of the A15-A4 roads from Thirikka'ndimadu to Akkaraippaththu and the development of 315km of rural roads in the Eastern Province and 350km of provincial roads in the Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=33111