For the first time ever, residents in the Eastern Province are able to travel across the Batticaloa Lagoon by road, significantly reducing the travel distance between the towns of Manmunai and Batticaloa.
The 210-meter bridge which is the first east-west land connection across the Batticaloa Lagoon fulfills a long felt need of the people in the Eastern Province. Before the construction of the bridge, the access between the eastern and western shores of the lagoon was through a small ferry. During the rainy season, due to floods, the ferry service came to a halt and the people were forced to detour about 30 km to access the other side.
In a progressive step towards the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the Attorney General’s Department has taken action to restructure the supervision system in the Department effective April 20, 2014, to accommodate a system of provincial supervision.
This move addresses recommendation 9.212 of the LLRC Report: “Set up units of the Attorney General’s Department in the provinces to guide and advise the police regarding criminal investigations, prosecutions and other matters touching upon the criminal justice system.”
A coordinated and comprehensive approach to provide psychosocial support and counseling for conflict-affected persons in the North and East will soon be in operation.
At a meeting held yesterday (April 9) with stakeholder ministries, Secretary to the President and Chairman of the Committee Monitoring LLRC Recommendations Mr. Lalith Weeratunga emphasized the importance of adopting a holistic and coordinated approach, linking all programs currently carried out by government ministries, for creating greater efficiency in the provision of counseling and psychosocial support.