Friday, April 9, 2021

Katugastota Old Bridge

Katugastota Old Bridge
Katugastota Old Bridge is an iron bridge built over the Mahaweli Ganga river in Katugastota town in Kandy District, Sri Lanka.

History
By replacing an existed ferry service, this bridge was built over the Mahaweli Ganga river by the British in the 19th century (Abeyawardana, 2004). According to the plaque fixed to the bridge, the construction work of the bridge was initiated by the British Governor Sir Henry Ward (In office: 1855-1860 A.D.) in September 1858 and was completed in March 1860 (Abeyawardana, 2004). The plaque reads;

SIR H.G. WARD G.C.M.G.
GOVERNOR
------ ------
THIS WORK
WAS BEGUN
1ST SEPTEMBER 1858
AND
OPENED TO TRAFFIC
1ST MARCH 1860

This bridge is said to have been strengthened in 1905. It was reconstructed, as reveals by another plaque, in 1939. The plaque says; 

RECONSTRUCTED IN 1939 
BY 
THE GOVERNMENT FACTORY 
OF THE 
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 
______
HON'BLE MAJOR J.L.KOTELAWALA 
MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS & WORKS 
KENNETH DE KRESTER 
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS 
S.MAHADEVA 
CHIEF ENGINEER 
G.C.ORAM F
FACTORY ENGINEER

The old bridge was replaced by a new bridge that opened in 2009. However, it is still used by pedestrians.

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.43.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 26 April 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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