Work on Parei Doopatha bridge to commence | Daily News

Work on Parei Doopatha bridge to commence

Irrigation Minister and National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa instructed the Sri Lanka Port Authority to commence construction work of the bridge to replace the access bridge to the landmark icon of the Matara city-the Golden Island or the Parei Doopatha as it had seen better days. This is on the request of Chief Incumbent of the Sri Rohana Uposathagara Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Vitiyala Indarathana Thera.

The Minister gave the instructions following a visit to the temple along with Matara District Coordinating Committee Chairman and Parliamentarian Nipuna Ranawaka.

The Thera said that the history of the temple dates back several centuries and is visited and venerated by a large number of local and foreign tourists.

The Thera also said that the access bridge was temporarily constructed in 2003 for the convenience of visitors, devotees and the venerable monks who come there for Upasampada Karma.