Construction work of the elevated bridge parallel to the Kelani Bridge is scheduled to commence this year with the Road Development Authority (RDA) ready to call for tenders soon.
Sources said officials were acquiring land on either side of the river for the bridge which is to be wider than the existing one.
RDA Director General M.P.K.L. Gunaratne pointed out that the new bridge would be the first construction for the government’s plans to build an elevated highway from Dematagoda which exits at the Colombo Port and Katunayake Expressway.
He mentioned that there were a number of protests against the acquisition of land, but the RDA was moving ahead with the project.
The elevated bridge would relocate 400 families along with a number of high tension power cables in the project area, the Road Development Authority (RDA) mentioned.
The bridge which is to function as the gateway to Colombo, collectively with the elevated highway, will help ease the traffic congestion within Colombo city limits and the Peliyagoda area.
Mr. Gunaratne said the government anticipated that the elevated highways would be a major part of the solution to the ever-increasing traffic congestion in Colombo and suburban areas such as Battaramulla and Rajagiriya.
The RDA stated that the Atomic Energy Agency, National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority and high tension cables of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) needed to be relocated in order to facilitate the project, and that measures were being taken to carry out the relocation.(Piyumi Fonseka)
Ram Saturday, 9 January 2016 09:53
Gov is trying to do one or two projects to negate the frustration of the people. Cant see any massive developments happening like in the previous regime. MR didnt waste time and he did lot after finishing the war. Highways, harbours, theaters, science parks, Cricket grounds, small roads, arcades and many more were done without taxing people like this.
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sam Saturday, 9 January 2016 10:19
my friend, do not forget that these are public development project and there is a procedure to initiate things. times have changed stop complaining and comparing, move on with the change. No one changed the government, its the people who changed it. Hence its important to wait and see the developments. I am not a supporter of the current regime. Lets wait and see how things goes.
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faz Saturday, 9 January 2016 10:28
Yes, you are right thats why your great grandson also in debt to the world.
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suresh Saturday, 9 January 2016 11:47
without taxing the public, but burdening and indebting the future generations
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OMG Saturday, 9 January 2016 11:49
Ram i think you dont live in SL. Otherwise you wont talk like this. Yes MR did some developments, but from whose money? China gave huge loans on high interest rates. Now who will pay back? are these projects considered as development for the country? they are huge debt making projects and huge burden on next gov and public. who has to settle this.
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gamarala Saturday, 9 January 2016 11:55
Ram, out of above so called massive developments, only highways benifited for the country and people. rest all white elephant. sri lanka has more burning issues than new harbour, theater, airport and cricket grounds. Need proper garbage disposal, drainage, roads, reduce cost of living, law and order, more export, jobs, education, drinking water, health sector, etc.
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YAMA Disaster Saturday, 9 January 2016 16:14
Will not under yahapalana bunch
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Ram Saturday, 9 January 2016 23:42
Yes MR got loans, but to do developments. Present gov is also taking loans and paying interests not for develoments just for everyday expenidture
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