Is your heart up in Kandy? Here's a post on the politics of colonial infrastructure. . This 1834 lithograph from the British Library shows a sketch of the bridge (work on the bridge began in 1826). Public works often threatened, exploited and abused 'natives'. . This particular project was especially fraught because Kandyans believed in legends which maintained that the great Mahavali Ganga could never be bridged. . Construction took almost 3 years and involved 25 European carpenters and 150 convicts per day. (Prisoners always make for good road workers--ask the Chinese in Lanka today) . What lessons might this offer for the politics behind contemporary 'development' narratives and infrastructure investments?