Another road opened in Jaffna
Turning yet another page in the chapters of the
reconciliation process, a part of the road that runs through the
Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) was reopened for public
use on Tuesday (06 February). According to Army media, the stretch of
the AB 21 road from Kankesanthurai (KKS) to Point Pedro (PPD) was opened
for public use after a period of 28 years.
This gesture of goodwill on the part of the troops in
Jaffna was received with much joy by the local people who up to now were
compelled to take a longer route to reach their destination. The road
bypasses the main entrance of the SFHQ-J in Palaly and runs through the
cantonment connecting Thondamanaru and other villages thereby enabling
the Jaffna people to easily reach their land and properties there. It
will also facilitate ease of vehicular movement both passenger and
commercial within the Jaffna Peninsula.
The recommencement of public transport was signified
by a simple ceremony where a state passenger bus made the maiden journey
to Kankesanthurai amidst the cheers of the people.
Jaffna District Secretary Mr. Nagalingam Vedanayagam,
Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Dharshana
Hettiarachchi, senior state and military officers and local people were
present at the occasion.
Recently another road in Mullaithivu which had been
closed for the public was reopened heralding in a new era of development
to the region. This road that cuts across the Security Force
Headquarters - Mullaithivu (SFHQ-MLT) connecting Vattappalai and
Mullaithivu was opened for the public last month (01st January). This
measure was taken after the release of a 133 acre stretch of land in
Keppapilavu and Seeniyamottai areas in the Northern Province.