EWBSL, in collaboration with EWB KIT team, Germany, constructed a suspension bridge across Ma Oya in Pitigoda, Sri Lanka, which is a remote village about 12 km from Hunnasgiriya. The village is usually subjected to flooding during heavy rains and during flooding; the water level rises up to about 3-4 m. During these times, the villages are unable to travel and most of the farmers cannot deliver their products to the city. And due to the high speed of water, people are at risk of crossing the waters, especially children and the disabled. The project was completed by EWB KIT team of Karlsruhe University, Germany and all members volunteered their service and all the funds that were raised were donated to this particular project. This project was helped, designed, financed and supervised by the students and is encouraged and supported by the University Academic Staff. The project was also helped and guided with senior lecturers at the Civil Engineering Department, in the University of Peradeniya and of cause with the final year students. The bridge was officially opened for the public and the maintenance is continued by the EWB members. This project helped EWB members to join hands and serve the community and certainly this project will motivate other EWB members around the world about their capacity, capability, strength and their vision towards the world.
EWBSL joined in hands with EWB KIT, Germany to construct the new Suspension Bridge in Karawwa, Ratnapura. This is the second major project, with the KIT team having had the First Bridge that was built and finished in Pitigoda, helping thousands of people in the village for their daily transportation needs.
The planned Bridge is established across a branch of the Bentara River and constructed at Karawwa village in Niyagama divisional secretariat.
This bridge joins more than 8 villages helping children, farmers, and the villages for their daily basic transportation needs, and in long run, this will improve the living circumstances of the villagers.
This project was preceded in combination with the villagers and the aim of combining them to this project is to provide knowledge for the people, so that they can repair the bridge independently after the construction. The other goal is to motivate them and to make them proud about the construction as if their own.
The Bridge is constructed over a height of 2 meters over the ground with a deck width of 1.3 meters. The height of the pylons is 6 meters and the length of ramps is 12 meters with the bridge span of 30 meters.
Mr. Sven Nagal acted as the Project Manager and the guidance is fed by Prof, R. Dissanayake, who is the President of EWBSL. This project combined and collaborated EWBSL and EWB Germany, and was a good bonding moment for the representatives of the two countries. The project benefits hundreds of people and advances the way of life for those villagers around the area. The project also helped EWB members to join hands and serve the community and certainly provided motivation to other EWB members around the world to show their capacity, capability, strength and their vision towards the world.