Prez orders fence along Viyana Canal

27 April 2018 01:10 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Following the instructions made by President Maithripala Sirisena, the Mahaweli Authority today said that it had taken measures to install a fence along the Viyana Canal at a cost of Rs.26.5 million.

Mahaweli Authority’s Director General Sarath Chandrasiri Vithana said the estimation for the project was approved at a meeting held this morning.  

The decision to install a fence was made after several vehicles toppled into the Canal. The most recent incident being an SUV found floating in the Canal yesterday.

The 13 km long Nikathupitiya-Mapakadawewa Road adjacent to the Viyana Canal was earlier used as a service route by the Mahaweli Authority.

Later, five kilometres of the road was acquired by the Road Development Authority (RDA) and developed as a B Class Road.

An RDA official said they produced a Road Safety Audit Report to the Mahaweli Authority in order to take precautions and minimise accidents, following a survey conducted on the instruction of RDA Provincial Director.

Earlier last month, the RDA had also sought approval for Rs. 62 million to install crash barriers in the identified risk zones along the canal.

According to the Road Safety Audit Report, a proposal had also been made to impose speed limits and set up lamp posts along the road to minimise accidents. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 11

  • Ajja Friday, 27 April 2018 04:08 PM

    Under this government action take place when things go wrong and remember the Horse story every time....

    Jayantha Saturday, 28 April 2018 01:44 PM

    What about previous governments?

    DG Friday, 27 April 2018 04:26 PM

    Are there no more important and urgent things than Viyana Canal.

    Buddhist Friday, 27 April 2018 04:30 PM

    Wow that was quick, but what about fencing GMOA thugs?

    vasaliya Friday, 27 April 2018 04:53 PM

    Sir eka dekka pattareda?

    Abc Friday, 27 April 2018 06:12 PM

    He is senior Gramasewaka.knows as such works. Thanks to him.Wht a country and rulers

    Empulz Friday, 27 April 2018 07:35 PM

    better late than never salute to the immediate action taken by the prez.

    Sils Friday, 27 April 2018 08:01 PM

    The people of Sri Lanka did not make you the president to fix fences. Have you forgotten your promises???

    Sils Friday, 27 April 2018 08:06 PM

    What about fencing the rogues???

    Amaris Friday, 27 April 2018 08:59 PM

    Why has he have to order......it's up to the RDA to go put up a crash barrier along this stretch

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 29 April 2018 05:23 PM

    It is of course not the business of a president to look after fences.


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