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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

A Road - B 380, Makes Lives Of People In Valikamam Miserable

By K.T.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 18 July, (

One might wonder whether a road that cut across ones’ land would make people’s lives miserable? In fact, that is the truth and nothing less than the truth and this is what the B 380 Road is doing for the people in Valikamam.

The total length of the road is just 12. 47 kilo meter. Kantharodai - Punnalaikadduwan South - Puththur - B.380, a bumpy road, potholes all over and drivers have suffered for a period not less than 40 to 50 years, who are being continuously experiencing and suffering from damages caused to their vehicles, including tire punctures, bent wheels, and damaged suspensions.

But this road has never been paved - even before and after the end of the armed conflict, in the Jaffna Peninsula.

Road No: B.380 which connects the Valikamam East with Valikamam South, though the surface of the road is full with potholes, is one of the busiest roads, strategically located in the Jaffna Peninsula, which is being heavily used by school students, pedestrians, farmers, cyclists and motorists of this region.

Earlier, ancient Stupas were " discovered ' by Sir Paul Peiris, a Sri Lankan scholar, in the early 20th century at Kantharodai. Around twenty stupas, made of coral are scattered around the archaeological site. The Kadurugoda Temple has a history which dates back to the 3rd century BC, but the stupas are thought to be from a later period. They are an important relic from ancient times and worth a visit. The road to Kantharodai/ Kadurugoda Temple is off Chunnakam Junction.

Skanthavarodaya College - is one of the leading educational institution in this part of the region, is located in this road.

The oldest St. Antony's Parish Catholic Church (Chunnakam) is seen majestically radiating, located in this road, patronized by people of all religions, due to their believe in St. Antony.

Also Chunnakam Market, the second largest vegetable market in the country, is located in this road. Usually traders from the South use to come to this market for wholesale and retail purchases of Bananas, Mangoes, Grapes, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Chilies, tapioca, other tuberous roots, and for other vegetables, exclusively grown and cultivated in this part of the country.

The Chunnakam Police Station is located in this road. During rainy season the water used to stagnate in this area and overflow into the Police Station and people finds it very difficult to go through this road as potholes would be covered with flood waters and newcomers – pedestrians as well as motorists use to find this stretch impassable, due to the stagnation of the water.

The biggest Sivan Temple - Sri Kathiramalai Sivan Devasthanam -established by Tamil King Ukira Rajasinkan, just opposite to the Chunnakam Post Office, located in this road.

The Chunnakam Railway station too is located in this road and the railway track passes through this road.

People and the motorists have to use this road to go to the Ceylon Electricity Board’s biggest Power Station in Chunnakam, that supply Laxapana current to all the areas in the Peninsula.

Also the Hindu, Christin cemeteries too located in this road and a non-government body from this area, keeps the cemetery clean with pipe borne water.

Nilavarai – the bottomless well and the temple is being visited daily by several busloads of visitors from the South. This ancient spot with bottomless well fast becoming a tourist spot, attracting hundreds of people from the South.
As this road has never been reconstructed and carpeted, visitors from the South usually feel very uncomfortable.

From Nilavarai to Puttur both sides of the roads are dotted with small small gardens, where people grow all sorts of vegetables.

Numerous efforts were taken to construct this road and carpet, but unfortunately the efforts of the people of the area, so far did not succeed. Whenever people bring the sorry plight of this road to the authorities, normally they simply ignore it or at times take some action to fill the potholes here and there, and that was not the correct approach and people use continue to bear the hardships.

This writer too lives in his house located behind this road, and use to travel by this road to Point Pedro and every Sunday regularly to Sri Vallipura Alavar Temple, located in the Point Pedro - Thalaiyadi Road – the abode of Lord Krishna.

Now it is over to Hon. Kabir Hassim, Minister of Highways & Road Development.

- Asian Tribune -

 Kantharodai/ Kadurugoda Temple  - located in the B 380 Road
St. Antony's Church, Chunnakam
Sri Kathiramalai Temple - Chunnakam
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