Complete revamp of Colombo roads

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The Road Development Authority is currently in the process of finalizing planning for a comprehensive revamp of the road system in Colombo in order to ease the traffic congestion.

 “The main problem commuters face today is the traffic congestion on the roads, it is this problem that we are trying to address, therefore the study will look into methods of easing the congestion” a senior official at the RDA said.

“We have had initial discussions with the Universities of Moratuwa, Peradeniya and Ruhuna to conduct a full study on how we can improve the roads system, this study will take into consideration all relevant factors pertaining to the revamping of the system” he said.

The study will take into consideration the revamp of public transportation, parking and the development of alternate routes within the city. “We are looking at the study being combined by all three universities which will give us a clear understanding on what needs to be done and how we need to get about it” he said.

The Official pointed out that the RDA is currently focused the improvement of the traffic control system and junction planning. “We are still at the initial stages of these discussions, therefore we are heavily focused on doing what is within our capability to address these issues” he said. (By Hafeel Farisz)

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  • Joel Monday, 19 March 2012 08:10 AM

    Just educate and strictly implement driving in lanes, with no U Turns, Buses, Trishaws and Mobikes on the left lane only, you would see a huge difference. No need any study, its just common sense, and pay that money to police to implement this simple method.

    lankaman Monday, 19 March 2012 08:33 AM

    best option is to build underground metro covering all suburban areas. Pls use nelum kuluna funds for that

    Sham Monday, 19 March 2012 08:34 AM

    Motor Bikes on left lane....WTF

    mallaNaminda Perera Monday, 19 March 2012 12:22 PM

    We should have tube covering Colombo and Greater Colombo ie Maharagama, Moratuwa, Kiribathgoda, Katunayake. Rules should be strict, no food, no booking of seats, no large bags. Automated ticket stalls. We can then keep our cars at home and go to work.

    dan Monday, 19 March 2012 05:00 AM

    Waste of MONEY !!

    Shaf Monday, 19 March 2012 05:06 AM

    A good move using the brains of the country's top 3 Universities.

    honkat lara Monday, 19 March 2012 05:27 AM

    using the brains of universities and next moment attacking and kidnapping the same brains...

    Ravi Monday, 19 March 2012 05:13 AM

    An improved public transportation system with a control vehicle imports would definitely ease the vehicle flow on the roads.
    With the present inflow of vehicles into the country only revamping of roads will not help the cause.Controls the imports of vehicles, at least the passenger cars.

    J. Bos Monday, 19 March 2012 05:29 AM

    It's useless doing any revamping without educating the drivers and the pedestrians alike on road manners. We still see vehicles moving across lanes in one way roads etc..

    Samayan Monday, 19 March 2012 05:35 AM

    Don"t waste money.for improvements of roads,ports railway health and education it should be done with out spending money.

    Junda Tuesday, 20 March 2012 05:45 AM

    Nelum tower costs $120million.. subway systems cost several billion dollars. So please have some idea of the scale of things before making suggestions.

    Calvin Monday, 19 March 2012 05:49 AM

    one thing that most people dont understand is value of the time we lose on the road. its impossible to measure.
    if we can cut down that time by half, we can double the efficiency.
    People who criticize everything, just dont do it for political reasons.... think from your brain, not from your otherside.

    vimpe Monday, 19 March 2012 05:53 AM

    Educate the cops first. Drive down The revamped Galle Road and you will see the cops directing traffic against the light . See the pics on the camera at Kollupitya junction .

    hemjey Monday, 19 March 2012 01:07 PM

    Bola Baba - name suites

    Arecanut Monkey Monday, 19 March 2012 06:04 AM

    How is that ?

    Arecanut Monkey Monday, 19 March 2012 06:05 AM

    How would you do that ? Nothing comes free.

    Commuter Monday, 19 March 2012 06:09 AM

    Like many other countries government should concentrate on improving the railway transport to and from Colombo to suburbs. If all major cities are connected with a two track rail line and the frequency of trains are increased during rush time more commuters could be transported daily. A comfortable luxury bus service will cater to the executive staff. Private transport should be taken off from individuals and handed over to few Companies with financial resources. Transport is not a business for individuals to make money but a public service to be provided at a profitable price.

    Ruwan Monday, 19 March 2012 06:04 AM

    The Kollupitiya Station Road traffic is the biggest problem on Galle Road The Station Road traffic should not have the facility to divert towards Liberty Plaza (LP) roundabout. The traffic that requires to go towards the LP roundabout should join the Galle Road much before the Kollupitiya Junction so that they can turnoff towards LP roundabout easily. This would be a good exercise to our Moratuwa University. We have done some smart changes! good luck!

    V Monday, 19 March 2012 01:30 PM

    Better to take suggetion of another party also , May be some professional from out side of Country.
    May be intial cost will be high but we can archive good end product

    Ayam Monday, 19 March 2012 10:13 AM

    Are you mad???

    Coconut Donkey Monday, 19 March 2012 06:25 AM

    Waste of money for you to have internet in order to make silly comments.. It's ok to give credit to where its due or constructively criticize if and after the exercise fails

    Coconut Donkey Monday, 19 March 2012 06:26 AM

    Brilliant Idea! would you be so kind enough to inform us how to do it now...

    sm Monday, 19 March 2012 05:48 PM

    In whatever plan corps should be properly guided. For example a crop(Fat & short) in front of Narahenpita Police Station is making heavy traffic in some days.

    malla Monday, 19 March 2012 01:54 PM

    Adoption and planning of Road, Rail and Underground transportation systems should be done by one authority, this is one of the main issues. RDA is only for roads.

    Bola Baba Monday, 19 March 2012 06:36 AM

    What is the use of the Road Development Authority if they are asking the universities to do a study of the road system in Colombo. It is the Road Development Authority that should know about the roads in Colombo and there is no need for a study. Get on with the job without spending tax payers money.

    ran Monday, 19 March 2012 06:39 AM

    What append to the comprehensive study conducted on the under the UNP GOV by spending so much of money? Cant they at last study that? We are well knowing country to waste money for the same thing over and again and again….

    Lanka Monday, 19 March 2012 06:59 AM

    People who has purchased vehicles sacrificing everything they have not going to take public transportation even if it is free. They want to drive even if take 4 hours on the road or if the fuel is increased by Rs.100.00. It their pride and prestige. Can't compare with other countries.

    Andrew888 Monday, 19 March 2012 06:48 AM

    They might have brains but they lack experience. The RDA should not solely depend on their research. Theoretical solutions aren't always the most practical.

    Private Eye Monday, 19 March 2012 06:48 AM

    The making of some more roads as one way during peak hours must be looked at seriously. However care must be taken to ensure that those who use public transport are not inconvenienced in having to walk an unduly long distance.

    shanthi Monday, 19 March 2012 07:20 AM

    introduce modern technology ,such as fly overs to the existing roads ,. here in srilanka we are still to improve our systems to be par with other countries , such singapore , india etc .also , railway must improve . import control of vehicles will also help the situation.

    dalu banda Monday, 19 March 2012 07:15 AM

    for the research RDA has to pay millions to the UNI professors. Why can't RDA engineers do it?


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