The Sunday Leader

Govt. To Finalize Colombo-Kandy Highway In Two Months

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

The government says the construction of the planned Colombo-Kandy highway would be finalized in two months.
Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera said the government is currently studying expressions of interest (EoIs) for the 98 kilometer Colombo-Kandy Highway.
He observed that the first phase of the Colombo-Kandy highway project would be between Kadawatha and Mirigama and the trace up to Mirigama on the has been cleared.
Dr. Jayasundera explained that the entire highway would be a US$ 1,500-2,000 million investment.
“However, a decision is ye to be made whether the highway would travel through Polgahawela or Kurunegala,” he said.
The government has decided to extend the Colobo-Kandy highway once completed to cover the Northern region of the country.
“We will then have the Southern expressway and a Northern expressway,” Dr. Jayasundera said.
He added that the Colombo-Kandy highway would be connected to Trincomalee and the North. The government according to the Treasury Secretary intends to commence construction work of the highway this year in order to complete it in four years.
The Colombo-Kandy highway is to be built on elevated concrete wire ducts in order to minimize land acquisitions and prevent effects of natural hazards such as floods.

3 Comments for “Govt. To Finalize Colombo-Kandy Highway In Two Months”

  1. jaliya

    Another wastful project of Paksas and their henchman. People are struggling to live. But they are planning glorious projects which cater the rich few but the burden passed to ordinary people. What we need is not highways and harbours (without ships of course) We need a people oriented development. World is becoming interconnected. So unless you have money to waste on fuel and fancy vehicles. Extensive traveling will become a thing of a past.

    • Garawi

      I agree with you r comment on the harbour but totally disagree about the roads.

      If we did have these expressways built in the sixties when they were originally planned, the whole country would have developed much faster and we would have prevented a JVP insurrection and an LTTE war. We would then be on par with Singapore, no exaggeration!

      Infrastructure is a back bone of the development of a country. We need to connect the whole road network with new and fast tracks so that goods can be delivered faster cheaper reducing the spoilage of fresh produce.

  2. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    The travel time(journey time) must be limited to a minimum. About 10 years ago the journey time during the evening peak from Colombo to Kandy was around five hours. Then what was the fuel wastage,the wehicle ware and tare, the time waste of the people ete..ete…The North and South must be connected with a sophisticated highway net work. Thanks lot Dr.Jayasundara!

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