The feasibility study for the proposed construction project on underground sea road extension via Marine Drive which would be connected to the Port City’s proposed elevated highway will be completed in March 2018, the Director of the Port City project Nihal Fernando said yesterday.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said that the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry had received the Cabinet approval to complete the project as Public – Private Partnership (PPP) project.
He said that the Cabinet had submitted the proposal to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management and the committee recommended that a joint venture would be more suitable for the above project.
The feasibility of the project will be looked by a three- member committee comprising Secretary of the Finance and Mass Media, Secretary of the Megpolis and Western Development and a representative of the Attorney General’s Department.
The agreements for the certain infrastructure to the Port City had signed between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Urban Development Authority and CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Limited in August, 2016, he said.
“The Road Development Authority (RDA) will be constructed a new Kelani Bridge and Port Access Elevated Highway which would connect to the existing Colombo – Katunayake Airport highway, and also an extension of Marine Drive will be also connected to the Port Access Elevated highway”, he said.
Mr. Feranado said that the Marine Drive sea road extension will increase the width of the Galle Face Green without damaging or disturbing the heritage buildings such as Galle Face Hotel and could also provide an underground road which would connect to the Shangri La Hotel area.(Yoshitha Perera)
Ray Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:44
Wow! Very ambitious but will be a great addition if pulled thru without major environmental impact.
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Milan Friday, 29 December 2017 09:45
do not understand, we just soled our port saying we do not have money to pay loans now we are making underwater tunnels?
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Kasun Sriraj Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:57
Thank you mahinda Rajapaksha for the vision.
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Fernando Thursday, 28 December 2017 21:03
In every major construction projects in Sri Lanka the main Technical people are all foreigners. So why we give so much importance to Sri Lankan Engineers and the Sri Lankan University Engineering faculties.
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Nuwan Friday, 29 December 2017 09:28
Are you sure? Engineering input to projects hav multiple aspects. Some need experience as has never been done before. But not all engineers are foreigners.
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Unchikun Friday, 29 December 2017 11:04
Look at it from a different angle. Why not Sri Lanka engineers take the job. Do not expect all on a platter. Secondly most Sri Lankan engineers are a result of Z score and parrot grade 5 exam. Most are not fit for such visionary work. Sorry
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Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:05
Pitiful state of existing infrastructure, poor roads, pathetic railway, no street lighting on key roads, antiquated power generation, decrepit buses driven by lunatics, crumbling airline and we are talking under-sea roads. Don’t try and run before you can walk.
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Graham Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:11
By the time the study is over....Yahapalana will have to pack their bags
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voter Friday, 29 December 2017 09:25
@ Graham, Your comment amply demonstrate the mentality of the Srilankans. Irrespective whether the same political party is in power when commencing development to the finishing of that project is immaterial. What should be looked at is whether the country will benefit from these projects. No wonder we're in this dump.
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Eds Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:45
Meeharaka : Wow, you have chosen the perfect screen name for yourself!
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Sarath Friday, 29 December 2017 09:12
Why not extend the duplication road also, so it would alleviate the congestion on Galle road?
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Moderate Friday, 29 December 2017 09:34
A metro railway line is a far better option. Please study the public transport systems in developed countries.
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Ali Hu Kai Friday, 29 December 2017 10:02
All good. But lets get our normal roads in place in the first place.
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Pradana Friday, 29 December 2017 10:22
It should not be Uma Oya 2...
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Jude Friday, 29 December 2017 10:45
Hey building undersea road is an enormous cost!! Government should build elevated LRT (light Rail Transit) as a solution to congested roads!! Yeah, From katunayake to Colombo then Battaramulla to Colombo and from Panadura to Colombo!!! LRT is the best and very cost effective!!!
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Gamarala Friday, 29 December 2017 19:28
Or they should re-install the trams, Just look at all the big cities in Europe, there are modern trams on all the streets and its very effective way of moving people, its a boon to the people. We did have a tram system about 60 years ago and abandoned it for no reason. Pity.
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stardust Friday, 29 December 2017 11:25
So they will get again more Chinese into the country via DM Android App
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Roshan Friday, 29 December 2017 12:04
Can i have a decent bus service first. Why we cant fix small things without day dreaming.
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Denver Friday, 29 December 2017 12:29
Dear Yahapalana, can you please complete Frazer to Dehiwela station road marine drive extension first. Gazzeted in 2016 and still being draged. Accumulation of interest payments for land acquisition is a waste of public fund.
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Nelum Fernando Friday, 29 December 2017 13:21
First of all build the village roads and bridges. There should be a proper public transport system throughout the country before talking about undersea road links.
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ceylon Friday, 29 December 2017 19:38
again government partnership.government involve mean corruption.to steal frm it.if government has such debts of trillionswhy be partner.if total is privatecant steal. via DM Android App
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ceylon Friday, 29 December 2017 19:40
how can make metro.this project can steal billions.metro can steal only millions. via DM Android App
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