Kadawatha-Kerawalapitiya section on OCH gets green light

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Cabinet approval has been granted to complete the construction of phase three of the Outer Circular Highway connecting Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said.

RDA Project Director of the OCH phase three N.K.L. Netthikumara said the interchange proposed to be constructed on the Peliyagoda – Puttalam road would be removed because an interchange has already been constructed in Kerawalapitiya.

“This section of the OCH from Kerawalapitiya to Kadawatha is to be completed with four lanes similar to the phase one and three of the expressway,” he said.
The initial works of the 9.32 km stretch are underway and it is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

The Cabinet had approved the contract of the third phase to the Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd. (MCC) at a cost of Rs. 66.69 billion in 2013.

Considering the high cost in the project and the recommendations made by professionals, the scope of works was reviewed with a reduction of cost by 35.9% i.e. Rs. 23.93 billion.Accordingly the expressway section is to be constructed with four lanes, reducing the length of viaducts and height of viaducts.

However, as the contractor had disagreed on these amendments, the construction of that section of the expressway has been delayed. A report on possible changes without compromising safety aspects has been obtained from the construction supervision consultant and the two major changes to remove one interchange and to construct the phase three with four lanes has been made.

Consequently, the proposal made by Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of University Education and Highways, to implement the project with these changes was approved by the Cabinet.

Earlier this year the government appointed a three-member committee to review the project and reduce its cost.(Dharsana Sanjeewa)
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  • nimal Sunday, 25 October 2015 11:00 AM

    so RW MS and ass clowns put up the foundation stones for the project month ago even before getting the approval from cabinet?

    Dinu Sunday, 25 October 2015 11:34 AM

    9.5km 4 years ??U got to go bit faster my dear president ,pls try to keep on doing few high ways together the At least we have time to ride

    OMG Sunday, 25 October 2015 12:39 PM

    yes, it is soooo slow like our politicians. in other countries they will finish entire HW in such time.

    Sapu Sunday, 25 October 2015 12:50 PM

    A expressway system was proposed before 1992, it was in 1992 the JICA did the pre-feasibility study

    Lalith Sunday, 25 October 2015 12:56 PM

    Yes yes all good things done by your masters. MR did all bad things, including killing praba.

    Kamal Sunday, 25 October 2015 01:51 PM

    That was a different expressway

    Kamal Sunday, 25 October 2015 01:52 PM

    @Lalith, What does Prabhakaran has to do here? Are you that bamkrupt to bring LTTE to everything

    sene Sunday, 25 October 2015 03:11 PM

    Lalith are you sad that your kings lies got busted? There are no masters except you. There were several presidents since the project started

    NAK Sunday, 25 October 2015 04:27 PM

    not only that, the cost is considerably higher than the previous project.Kiriella says thats because the project is expedited!

    NAK Sunday, 25 October 2015 04:31 PM

    Foundation was laid by the side of the Kandy road in Kadawatha for OCH III.

    Sri Lankan Sunday, 25 October 2015 04:37 PM

    It was Prof. Amal Kumarage, he is in the department of transport and logistics management of Moratuwa.

    Highway_Robber Saturday, 24 October 2015 09:36 PM

    Where is those professiors who gave high cost publicity for MR, if YAHAPALANA robbed the money is it OK desr professior ? You fool us

    sene Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:04 PM

    The OCH proposed in 1992,Feasibility Study in 1999, design finished by 2001 but work delayed due to resettling peopling in land reacquired which resulted in MR taking credit for teh whole thing

    M.m.m.izzeth Saturday, 24 October 2015 11:34 PM

    9.3 k.m.4 years, excelent.

    Damien Sunday, 25 October 2015 09:21 AM

    Seems, HWs will be a day dream for the people of this country.


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