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Manmunai bridge

Manmunai bridge

Manmunai Bridge Batticaloa

Manmunai Bridge Batticaloa

The Manmunai Bridge links the eastern part of Batticaloa District (Eluvankarai) with the Agriculture productive western part of the District (Paduwankarai). The 210 meter long concrete bridge that stands across the Batticaloa lagoon was built recently and declared open on 19th of April 2014. Before the bridge was opened, the only access was through a ferry service that could carry few passengers and one or two light vehicles at a time. It was hardly possible to transport harvested paddy, agriculture produce and construct material across the lagoon. Goods have to be transported to the main land by taking an alternative rout covering around 23km. Many deaths have occurred in the past due to ferry capsizing. Conditions get worse during rainy season due to flood water submerging the area, making the berry service impossible. The long waited Manmunai Bridge has brought relief and hope for community who live across the lagoon. Now r bus services are operated from Batticaloa town to Kokaddicholai in a regular basis.

Since the opening of the bridge, the place has become a gathering point during the evening hours. The panoramic view of the Lagoon from the bridge offers a complete sense of the tropical ecosystem of the zone. The intertwining mangroves along the lagoon bank that grow seemingly, filters toxins and cleans the atmosphere as well as provides a nursery habitat for shrimps and other creatures of the Lagoon.

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