|Eastern province experiencing massive development - President
|Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 10.50 GMT
Today the Eastern province is experiencing a massive development as a result of the "Negenahira Navodaya" programme (New Dawn in the East) and the establishment of the Provincial Councils protected the democratic rights of the people in the East, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa while stressing that protecting this victory over terrorism as an obligation of all citizens in this country.
The President pointed out this today (20) at the inauguration ceremony of the Kinniya bridge which is the longest bridge constructed in Sri Lanka across a lagoon linking Trincomalee with Kinniya, enabling civilians to cross the Kinniya lagoon to reach Kinniya and Muttur areas.
President Rajapaksa further said that there is no need to engage in communal politics in this country in the future and it is the responsibility of everyone to take intelligent decisions on behalf of the motherland.
Today the people in the North and the East were totally liberated from the LTTE terrorism and now there is an environment for every one to live freely without fear. He further stressed that he will not allow unfortunate incidents similar to what happen in Kaththankudy in the future and it is his duty to protect the people for which he is always committed.
The Kinniya bridge is 396 metre long and 10 metre wide bridge was constructed on the A-15 highway. It provides 7.4 metres width for vehicles and 1.5 metres for pedestrians. The bridge was built by the China Auto Caiec Ltd with financial assistance from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.