A new bridge at Hakpitiya (Sangupiddy).
Posted on January 17th, 2011

Yapanaya [Jaffna])

President Mahinda Rajapaksa while vesting with the people the 288-metre-long two-way Sangupiddy Bridge, Jaffna which links the shortest land based route between the South and the Jaffna peninsula yesterday, emphasized that the Government was fully focused in achieving equity in development.

Causeway, Jetty, Ferry, naval clashes near Punranna(Pooneryn). A ferry would connect the 4km lagoon from Sangupiddi to Jaavakaceriya (Chavakachcheri). The word “Sanka”, is Sanskrit for Conch shell. The sinhala word, Sanka or Hak, as well as the Tamil ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ¢-¾‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ are both derived from Sanskrit. Sankapitiya or Hakpitiya would hence refer to the fact that this part of the sea has been known for Chank (Gastropoda: Turbinella pyrum) fishery for a long time. Chank shells, or Konches (“Hakgedi”) are used in Buddhist prcessions. They are considered sacred in Hindu lore, and are associated with MahaLakshmi. The sinistral Turbinella pyrum (with the spiral turning left when the apex is held up), called Dakshinavarti in Skrt., (i.e., right-turning spiral, with the apex held down) are very rare. Thus the name Sankapitiya reflects the fishing for “Hak-gedi” or Conch shells, crud See also, write up under Hambanthota. A new brdige has now been constructed, and opened in 2011

The bridge is seen by the people as a Thai Pongal gift to the people of Jaffna.

The bridge is constructed at a cost of Rs 1,037 million. The United Kingdom has assisted with the funding. The Sangupiddy bridge on the A-32 highway will connect Karaitivu with Pooneryn and will reduce the travel time from Colombo to Jaffna by about three hours. It would lessen the journey by about 110 km.

Cost Rs 1,037 million
* Length – 288 metres
* Width – 7.4 metres
* Situated on the A-32 highway
* Connects Karaitivu with Pooneryn
* Reduced travel time from Colombo to Jaffna by about three hours
*Bridge completed in eight months
* Govt constructed bridge with soft loan from Britain
* Sangupiddy a two-way bridge
* Colombo -Jaffna distance reduced by 110 km

The bridge was constructed by Sri Lankan engineers ahead of schedule. Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Douglas Devananda, the Tri Forces’ Commanders, Northern Governor G A Chandrasiri, Security Forces’ personnel and the public were present.

2 Responses to “A new bridge at Hakpitiya (Sangupiddy).”

  1. ranjit Says:

    Narrowing bridges is the theme of this President. He dosent work for votes he works for the people and the country he loves most. People should take lessons from this great man and try to help each other to achieve our goals. His words should be remembered and appreciate his noble work to the masses and to our Motherland. He is a born leader whom we can trust and expect good future for all of us.

  2. jay-ran Says:

    ranjit, U R 100% correct.But there are many Tamils,within and outside Sri Lanka who are DEAF,BLIND & DUMB.
    TamilNet says that MR is claiming credit for the bridge built with UK’s funds not realising that the funds were loaned to Sri Lankan Govt., and the President HAS BEEN SO KIND ENOUGH TO UTILISE SAME TO BUILD THE BRIDGE which is a REAL BLESSING TO ALL LIVING IN NORTH.

    These RACIST lot and also the Opposition Politicoes are simply spreading HATREAD thru JEOLOUSY as the President is doing an extremely difficult job for the wellfare of all Sri Lankans and the OPPOSITION HAS NO WAY TO CAPTURE POWER.

    We Sri Lankans must be VERY PROUD of our President for bringing Politicoes of various ATTITUDES,POLICIES & WHO BELONG TO VARIOUS POLITICAL PARTIES to DEFEAT THE MENACE OF TERRORISM. I mention this as a Proud Sri Lankan living in a part of the West, where the Sri Lankan community is less than 200 in the City, BUT ARE DEVIDED,TRYING TO CUT THROAT OF VERY PEOPLE WHO HELPED THEM,WHO ARE NOT GREATFULL TO THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BEING HERE, EVEN THE SO CALLED SOME PRIESTS WHO DO NOT RESPECT ANOTHER PRIEST IN THE NEIGHBOUR HOOD.

    Long Live The Hon President Mahinda Rajapakse with the bLESSINGS OF THE NOBLE TRIPLE GEM!!!

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