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.