ra 01ra 05ra 03The new bridge with two lanes at Demuwawatha was opened by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Hon. Kabir Hashim, Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development, Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Deputy Minister Hon. Karunarathna Paranavithana, Ratnapura District M.P. Hon. A.A. Wijethunga, Colombo District M.P. Hon. S.M. Marikkar and the political authority as well as Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary of Ratnapura and Public officers were present at the event.

Rs. 196.99 million was allocated by the Ministry of Interior and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government to the District Secretariat Ratnapura for this construction in 2016.

This project was implemented by the District Secretariat Ratnapura under the direction of Road Development Authority. Construction was commenced on 19 September, 2016 and completed in June 2018. Total expenditure incurred was Rs. 182.11 million.

The road with two lanes from Batugedara to Mudduwa is being constructed in line with the opening of this bridge. An amount of Rs. 100 million has been allocated to the District Secretariat Ratnapura by the Ministry of National policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs for this project. After construction, this road could be used as an alternative road to pass the Ratnapura town and this will considerably reduce the traffic congestion in the town, in future.