Highway network of Colombo to begin soon: PM

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Construction work on a highway network designed to ease the traffic congestion in the Colombo City will begin soon, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Mr. Wickremesinghe revealed this at a UNP Bala Mandala meeting held at Havelock City last evening.

“Construction work on an elevated highway from Kelaniya to Fort will begin soon with a highway coming from Battaramulla Junction getting connected to it. In addition, internal waterways would be made use of for transportation thus easing the burden on the roads,” the Prime Minister said.

Revealing further plans for the city, he said the City of Colombo will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) soon. “Three such power plants will be set up to resolve the energy issue in Colombo with Japan and India each funding a plant,” he explained.

He said Colombo would be developed as a City which connects Kandy and Hambantota.“The previous regime boasted about their deeds of beautifying Colombo, however this has only resulted in pushing the country further into a debt trap and it is our government that has to bear the burden,” he said.

The Prime Minister highlighted that this government, in addition to paying past debts, now has the additional burden of the garbage problem. “Many thought that we will not shift the Meethotamulla garbage dump but we have shifted it to Puttalam,” he said.

UNP Mayoral Candidate for the Colombo District Rosy Senanayake, speaking on the occasion, promised to turn the City of Colombo into a smart city.

“Colombo will have to develop and become a modern city parallel to the Port City and I am determined to take up this challenge,” she said.

She also pledged to find a lasting solution to the garbage issue and eradicate dengue in Colombo. (Yohan Perera)

Pics by Damith Wickramasinghe

  Comments - 33

  • kalani Friday, 12 January 2018 06:23 AM

    “easy thing first”.Dehiwela marine drive got stuck in frazer avenue from 2016.no action has been taken so far.people passing this area are suffering day to day due to severe traffic issues.this is now a national issue.UNP Mayoral candidate is now thinking of major projects for ellection??

    Apoy Friday, 12 January 2018 01:23 PM

    lalani. You hit the nail on head. All fart no s***!!

    Pramod Fernando Friday, 12 January 2018 02:13 PM

    He himself said "ගුවම් පාලම් මොකටද? විනාඩි 15ක් පරක්කු වුනා කියලා මොනවා වෙනවද?" Look who is speaking now? There should be an end to fooling countrymen Mr PM.

    ANTON Friday, 12 January 2018 07:02 AM


    Missaka Friday, 12 January 2018 07:36 AM

    How can we trust you any more!

    Sri Lanan man Friday, 12 January 2018 08:36 AM

    Ranil will extend the marine drive to Australia. Mannar Highway to Pakistan. He will also build highways in colombo which will be floating in the air with help of balloons. Every familly will be given a Benz car. Farmers can bring the produce ina a Benz. All men above 60 will be given young brides from China. China will write off all the debt. Our people will beleive these stories again. Again again and again. This will not be published. Since this paper supports this man. Dear Sir, imagine the amount of crime you are doing to your own children by being partial towards Ranil. Enjoy, Let your children suffer in Sri Lanka because of your actions. You will also die without medicine in this country.

    voter Friday, 12 January 2018 01:32 PM

    Its not only Ranil every political leader who has had led governments has taken the gullible people of SL to town. During last Govt Mahinda did it with abundance and people believed him. So this is not new and neither will it end from Ranil.

    Frank Friday, 12 January 2018 03:08 PM

    Spot on Srilanka Man

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 12 January 2018 03:18 PM


    R K Friday, 12 January 2018 04:40 PM

    Considering that your comment got published despite you predicting that it wouldn't , I take the rest of the contents of your comment holds no credibility either

    cheers Friday, 12 January 2018 09:28 AM

    Blame the former regime put the country in to debt trap and you stole the central bank in day light in billions and whats the answer to that prime minister Karma and curse of people will be on you

    Dhanush Friday, 12 January 2018 10:07 AM

    Is this also a plan like appointing a foreigner to rob the central bank????Or with the real interest

    voter Friday, 12 January 2018 10:33 AM

    So far its only talk and no results. These have to be accepted especially when elections are around the corner.

    Dhammika Friday, 12 January 2018 10:34 AM

    Its better you ( UNP ) does it and show rather than uttering all this big dreams without doing nothing .

    dg Friday, 12 January 2018 10:37 AM

    PM can you please deliver at least very basic needs of the people first before dreaming too much and doing nothing.

    John Friday, 12 January 2018 12:05 PM

    Mr RW, how long more can we continue to be fooled by YOU?! Resign now and let others more capable to take over.

    Sharon Friday, 12 January 2018 12:23 PM

    This incapable lot is dreaming.........

    Amaris Friday, 12 January 2018 01:43 PM


    Dish Friday, 12 January 2018 02:33 PM

    In a nut shell, when politicians incapable of do things in present, they start showing dreams about future to people.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 12 January 2018 03:20 PM

    Please please please.... in future let us know once you have done it.... we are fed up of this bullshit that this is going to be done or that is going to be done.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 12 January 2018 03:20 PM

    Please please please.... in future let us know once you have done it.... we are fed up of this bullshit that this is going to be done or that is going to be done.

    SL Friday, 12 January 2018 03:23 PM

    This man had plant the inauguration stone for Colombo-Kandy highway several time but no action. Kiriella has screwed up Rajagiriya flyover by ending it before Butgamuwa road junction.There is a election coming, so all these robbers sing twinkle twinkle till end of it.

    Jeremy Holzinger Friday, 12 January 2018 04:50 PM

    Honourable PM,It ought be 'freeway's not highways as it's free to use the former and payable the latter :)Jeremy H.

    Dimuthu Friday, 12 January 2018 07:04 PM

    Please, please, Extend the Duplication Road to Aththidiya IMMEDIATELY. This will help to alleviate the traffic congestion on Galle road greatly.

    Shakeel Friday, 12 January 2018 07:29 PM

    Too many incomplete projects. Land acquisition took place for widening Kawdana Road, Dehiwala. Partial completion only. None of the successive governments and their reps have resolved this day. Refrain your votes as a protest.

    Shiran Friday, 12 January 2018 08:17 PM

    True.now the government has to pay interest to all land owners both marine drive and kawdana.waste of tax payers money.RDA and highways ministry is responsible.

    Debm Friday, 12 January 2018 08:01 PM

    Daily mirror you have the power .

    RK Monday, 15 January 2018 09:17 AM

    How many of your guys are contesting.

    Save Friday, 12 January 2018 08:08 PM

    Rather fooling stupid siri lankans, is there any way to remove the Rajagiriya useless bridge.

    Ruwan Friday, 12 January 2018 08:10 PM

    How soon... NATO man

    Ozee Friday, 12 January 2018 09:10 PM

    Bloody liar. Nobody believes you. What happen to Volkswagen and the google balloon.

    Road runner Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:42 AM

    To transport coconut imported from Indonesia???

    Paramanathan K Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:17 PM

    Prime Minister's address regarding highway network of Colombo seems hilarious. What were they doing all these days since they came to power? Due to the incoming local government election, he is making all the impossible tasks. Let us wait to see whether any of this project will take off, appears to be a daydream.

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