17th August, 2003 Volume 10, Issue 5
beautiful Negombo beach stretching for miles and the hundreds of fishing
boats lined up on the shore is a breathtaking sight. But as the sun is about
to set and fishermen line up their nets to set out to sea, another side of
this beautiful city shows up.
ten minute walk from this beautiful beach and what catches your eye is a
sorry sight. A perfectly normal bridge that today has turned out to be a
is a story of a bridge going wrong. The bridge in question is connected to
Cemetery Road on one side and the Chilaw Road on the other. According to Q.
C. Quyn, a resident of Negombo, the decision to broaden the road and build
the bridge was undertaken by the previous regime in 1994. However work on
the bridge was stalled until the UNF government came into power in December
of the area say that the completion of the bridge was then given over to a
building the bridge a decision was taken by the authorities to broaden the
Kurana to Pankada junction road known as Templers Road, Pankada junction to
the Periamulla junction known as Mosque Road and the section from the
Periamulla junction to the bridge known as Andrews Road. According to Quyn
all these roads were widened on both sides.
then commenced on the bridge, that needed to be completed soon. The bridge
is situated on the prominent Cemetery Road that leads to some of the well
known hotels in Negombo.
once the authorities got to the point of the bridge instead of building it
straight a sharp bend was included in the plan" the residents said.
bridge was completed six months ago. But the problems of the Negombo
residents are far from over. Quyn went on to say that when the authorities
came to the point of the bridge the road was widened only on one side,
thereby creating a sharp bend.
coaches transporting tourists to the hotels are a constant sight on this
road. Visitors spending a night out at one of the hotels also use the same
road on their way back home. Therefore it is only a matter of time before a
serious accident takes place on this bridge" the residents said.
from the bridge serving as an important cross over point residents are also
faced with an environmental hazard. The two drains that run parallel to the
bridge have come to a dead end resulting in rainwater stagnating for days.
residents complained that the Negombo Municipl Council(NMC) has not cleaned
these drains for months thereby resulting in a breeding ground for
mosquitoes and flies. "It is up to the municipal authorities to clean
drains and spray them with insecticide when necessary" the residents
to the irresponsible decisions taken by the PA, the UNF and the
(NMC) today we have to pay for their mistakes" Quyn said.
to Quyn NMC Mayor Newton Fernando had visited his sister's house and
requested them to allocate three and half perches of land to remedy the
bridge is usually built straight. I can't understand why such a decision was
taken" Quyn said.
Mayor Newton Fernando was at a meeting and not available for a comment.
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