Cmb-Kandy Expressway to be built via K’gala

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The government has decided to construct the Colombo-Kandy expressway via Kurunegala instead of the initial plan to construct it via Ambepussa, Minister Nirmala Kotalawala said today.

Mr. Kotalawala, the Deputy Minister for Highways said that the construction of an expressway via Kurunegala would make it easy for the improvement of connectivity to other major cities in the country such as Trincomalee and Anuradhapura.

“We had to change the original feasibility study as a result of the new decision. The proposed road will be constructed up to Kurunegala via Kadawatha and Meerigama. From Kurunegala, it will be extended to Kandy.  We are planning for improved connectivity to Trincomalee and Anuradhapura via Kurunegala through the proposed expressway,” the Deputy Minister said.

He said that a few companies from countries such as Malaysia, China, Korea and India had put forward their proposals to construct this road under the concept ‘Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT)’.

“We hold discussions with these companies. We are yet to select any company to strike the deal in this regard,” he said.  (KelumBandara)

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  • Anura Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:05 AM

    Parangiya kotte giya wage neda?

    people Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:09 AM

    Simple, we have intellectual capital, but not financial capital!

    Minnal Sri Wednesday, 15 February 2012 08:25 AM

    We don't want highways. We need proper food.

    sajitha Wednesday, 15 February 2012 08:15 AM

    You must be someone who wish to zsee this country goes down. May be you have put your political views before your own mother land. Grow up man!

    sajitha Wednesday, 15 February 2012 08:16 AM

    Shanthi, do you know that the people in houses removed to build roads are being compensated. Simple logic.

    ind Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:28 AM

    Those who want to travel will find someway. You don't worry.

    Zacky Wednesday, 15 February 2012 08:59 AM

    While Europe is concentrating more and more on electrically operated public tramways fearing the eventual shortage in fossilized fuel, ( on four track roadways in the city of Paris the two mid tracks are now converted to operate tramways, while motorists are caught up in traffic jams on either sides, the tramway silently and gracefully meanders through.) Sri Lanka is going on the opposite direction. The prospect of producing electricity non conventionally is very promising. But once the oil runs out what are we going to do with all the redundant vehicles.

    Veena Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:13 AM

    Things are decided on whims of politicians. Don't be surprised if the highway ends up in Anuradapura.

    Mfzansr Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:11 AM

    lol

    John Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:14 AM

    Previous feasibility study should be for Colombo-Kandy route. Now it is completely a different route. It seems that this is going to be constructed without a feasibility study. A multy billion project without a feasibility study will be a major risk.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 15 February 2012 01:21 PM

    The highway will bring the food to you faster....

    Manju Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:47 AM

    What's wrong with the highway ending up in Anuradhapura? All of us in Anuradhapura don't spend 5.5-6 hours to Colombo or 3-4 hours to Kandy just because we like the idea of spending time on the roads!

    Congratulations to the government. This is a BRILLIANT idea! I'm sure constructing a highway to Kandy via Kurunegala will be much more cost effective. Think of the terrain folks. It's only around 35Kms to Kandy from Kurunegala. From Colombo to Kurunegala, the terrain is fine. It’ll be much easier to build a road from Kurunegala to Kandy compared to a building a road from Ambepussa to Kandy. Plus it gives us better options for connectivity in the future.

    All the people who can afford it will use the highway which will ease the congestion on the normal roads. Therefore, highways will benefit everybody.

    Just don't bash the government for the sake of it!

    haz Friday, 21 September 2012 03:42 PM

    i just came from colombo to kandy, guess how long it took 4 hours lol...what ever place we need faster way to get either highways or teleportation doors he he

    jegath Wednesday, 15 February 2012 06:06 AM

    this is politics! bro! india / china will come inside as a company

    shanthi Wednesday, 15 February 2012 06:00 AM

    CAN BE ANY EXPRESSWAY , PLEASE DONOT DEMOLISH
    HOUSES TO YOUR CONVENIENCE , TRY AND CONNECT IT TO INTER CONNECT ROADS. ONE DAY POOR MAN HAS TO SLEEP ON THE ROAD BY THIS RAOD DEVELOPMENT.
    FUEL PRICE IS UP .

    kush Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:29 AM

    Good one

    Kandyan Wednesday, 15 February 2012 06:20 AM

    This is Not Colombo - Kandy highway. Please Call it as Colombo - Kurunagela Highway.

    kush Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:32 AM

    But we can be still happy that kandy will be able to preserve its natural beauty which it claims for centuries.
    Let it take another route rather than letting it crush down years of natural habitat.

    dan Tuesday, 14 February 2012 06:00 PM

    Waste of money!!

    AMG Tuesday, 14 February 2012 06:08 PM

    Hurry up!

    sena Tuesday, 14 February 2012 07:56 PM

    Foreign companies are interested - why we do not have credible technical know how in any area after eighty years of higher education?

    buddhika Tuesday, 14 February 2012 07:40 PM

    Where to find fuel to travel on these highways...

    Jagath Sunday, 11 March 2012 03:36 AM

    A very good project!!! Kurunegala is the hub to connect Kandy, Colombo and Dambulla. Dambulla is the hub to connect Kandy, Anuradhapura and Habarana. Habarana is the hub to connect Polonnaruwa-Baticaloa, Anuradhapura, and Trincomalee. Once there is easy access to Anuradhapura, the whole northern part is of the Island is covered! Viva Sri Lanka!!!!!
    Please let the government to carry out this fabulous project to develop our motherland!!!!

    Jagath Sunday, 11 March 2012 03:36 AM

    There was the same story while the southern Highway was been constructed! There were so many disturbances to stop that project too. Please do not forget that the southern highway was under construction while the country was fighting to destroy terrorism. The people who were against it too are driving and enjoying the beauty of our southern highway today as nothing happened. Reaching Galle from Kottawa junction in one hour - Superb!!!
    I hope that most of the people who are giving their objections have not yet seen the southern highway. Please, please see it!!!! As a person engaged in tourism, I my self enjoy the benefits of this highway.
    Viva Sri Lanka!!! Soon you will be considered as the best place to live on this earth!!!
    Go ahead!!!

    Roshan Wednesday, 15 February 2012 08:03 AM

    Knowledge is there but money is not there.


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