US funded bus terminal in Trinco unused

The Island

USAID spent USD 548,000 on a bus terminal and shopping complex in Trincomalee. It was handed over to the Urban Council on the 11 August 2008. But the facilities are not being used as yet.

A?A?Our journalist visited the terminal on 20 August and found it deserted with its gates locked. There were no busses in the yard either.

However, the Chairman of the Trincomalee UC, G. Muhundan, told the Island financial Review on Friday that 80 private busses and 40 CTB busses are in operation and have begun to use the new bus terminal.

A?A?He said that shops in the complex had been handed over to its previous owners. Bestina buy

A?A?Transport minister Dullas Alahaperuma said that he was unaware of the fate of the bus terminal as it came under the purview of the Trincomalee UC.

A?A?USAID recently spent USD 10 million on construction of the Arugam Bay bridge which was declared open by the President. It replaced the old bridge over Arugam Bay which was severely damaged in the tsunami.

USAID have several programmes in the East to bolster development activity in the region.

“USAIDA?a??a??s Sri Lanka Transition Initiatives (SLTI) Programme has implemented 169 grants in Trincomalee District to support livelihoods, peace-building, and media activities, as well as to restore community infrastructure damaged by the 2004 tsunami or years of neglect due to former conflict in the area,” it said in a statement.

“USAID is now entering a new phase under which it will build or rebuild key infrastructure, such as schools, hospitals and transportation infrastructure, in communities that were cut off from development by the long-lasting conflict. This phase of the program has already begun and will focus on infrastructure in southern Trincomalee and western Batticaloa Districts.” -DD Purchase promethazine codeine syrup


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