Missing Links

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

Sri Lanka needs an estimated US$ 150 mn over the next four years to re-haul a dilapidated bridge network, many over 50 to 100 years old.rnrn

The Road Development Authority is negotiating soft loans from Japan and the Saudi Fund to upgrade 15 bridges identified on priority basis.rn

rnldblquote We have identified a list of about 150 bridges with 15 to 20 major bridges for immediate attention, like the Manampitiya Bridge and the Mannar Bridge for immediate attention
dblquote , one RDA official said.rn

rnThe 121.2 km Mannar Bridge on the Medawachchiya – Mannar endash Thailamannar road, is the only access to Mannar Island by land and has seen its share of attacks during the two decade war.rn

rnIn total, Sri Lanka has about 4,000 bridges on national highways, most having been constructed before Sri Lanka gained independence. rn

rnMany, through lack of adequate maintenance have structural problems, with corrosion in joints and other serious deteriorations, with some also becoming impassable during

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