Project launched to re-build road network in liberated areas

The Government has launched a special project to rapidly re-build the road network in the liberated areas in the Northern Province while the security forces continue their offensive against the LTTE.

UPFA Parliamentarian and Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa yesterday expressed confidence that the government could re-gain the entire Northern Province from the clutches of the LTTE and civilian life could be restored like in the East.

"We must be geared to provide the infrastructure development to the areas which have been already liberated and the government has already launched development work with the assistance of the security forces personnel in these areas," he said.

"As a government we have to assist in every possible manner the people in the north who have undergone immense suffering due to the three-decade long war to live a normal life and engage in their livehoods Rajapaksa said.

He was speaking at a ceremony to handover heavy machinery to the Army that had been purchased by the Nation Building Ministry to be despatched to the North for the purpose.

Asked whether the government has received any foreign funds for the project, he said the Nation Building Ministry funds have been utilised for the purpose but expressed confidence that aid would be forthcoming from different countries who have a genuine desire to help Sri Lanka once it achieved progress.

Development work has already begun in the liberated parts of districts of Mannar, Kilinochchci and Mulliaitivu.

The Navy has commenced reconstructing the roads that have been damaged in the Mannar district.

The security forces will undertake similar projects in other liberated areas in the North such as re-building of roads, tanks, bridges, waterways and provide a conducive environment for the civilians to be re-settled a Nation Building Ministry official said.

Thirty Dump Trucks, two Wheel Loaders and six Motor Graders will be despatched to the north.

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