The new Kalladi bridge which is being parallel to the old bridge in Batticaloa will be open for the public by early next year, Deputy Minister M.L.A.M. Hizbullah said.Speaking to a group of journalists during a tour to Batticaloa the Deputy Minister said that the construction work on the bridge will be completed by the end of this year. The contract awarded in 2007 to build 288.35 meter long bridge was delayed by the contractor and a decision was made to entrust the construction work to a new contractor to complete the task.The old Kallady bridge, one of the famous bridges in the Eastern Province, is over 70 years old and is believed to be the oldest and longest iron bridge in Sri Lanka. The Cabinet had in April this year given the green light to a proposal made by the President to deploy a sub-contractor to expedite the construction work of Kallady Bridge. He said that a new investor had come forward to assist in financing the construction work after there were issues with the previous investors. It was built by the British. Although the warranty period for this bridge was only 50 years, the bridge is still under use. It connects the North and South of Batticaloa.