Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reconstruction of Kokavil transmission tower begins in Sri Lanka

August 20th, 2009 - 10:36 UTC by Andy Sennitt

The transmission tower at Kokavil in Sri Lanka, shattered by the LTTE during the civil war, is being reconstructed on directives given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa under a program launched to rebuild the Northern Province. The LTTE took complete control of the Rupavahini transmission tower and damaged it when government troops liberated the area.

The reconstruction work was launched yesterday with the laying of the foundation stone. The 172 metres tall tower will be rebuilt at a cost of 400 million rupees (US$3.5 million) and will facilitate state and private sector TV and radio channels and telecommunication companies to extend their services to the Northern Province.

(Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence)

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