Eu pledge support in rebuilding road network
The European Union has pledged further support to rehabilitate the
road network between Siyambalanduwa to Akkaraipattu via Pottuvil with a
grant of Rs. 3.8 billion with co-financing from the Asian Development
Meanwhile, Matara-Wellawaya road which was devastated by the tsunami
was rehabilitated with a grant of 4.6 billion by the European Union and
completed before schedule.
The ceremony to hand over the rehabilitated Matara- Wellawaya road
took place at the Temple Trees last week. The Ambassador, the Head of
the Delegation of the European Commission to Sri Lanka and the Maldives,
Bernard Savage handed over the documents relating to the Matara
Wellawaya road to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Ambassador Bernard Savage said at a media briefing in Colombo last
week that the newly reconstructed 158 km road is a gift to Sri Lanka
from the people of Europe. "It is in the spirit of friendship and
He further said that the road will serve as a link to promote
economic ties and social and cultural friendship between the people of
the South and East.
He further said that a 78 km stretch from Siyambalanduwa to
Akkaraipattu via Pottuvil will also be rehabilitated at a cost of Rs.
3.8 billion by the European Union and will be co-financed by the Asian
The Secretary to the Ministry of Highways, Rear Admiral Wasantha
Karannagoda said the road from Matara to Wellawaya that spans 158 km was
rehabilitated to international standards in keeping with other
He said the villagers would reap economic benefits when they
transport their produce from one province to another.