Last Updated : 21-04-2014 10:04


 
 

Kandy expressway to begin in Jan

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The construction work on the northern expressway linking Colombo to Kurunegala, Dambulla and Kandy, will begin in January, Minister Nirmala Kotalawala said yesterday.

Under the first phase, the proposed expressway will be linked to the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and will extend up to Kurunegala via Ederamulla and Meerigama, and then extended up to Katugastota in Kandy. The next phase will be the construction of the highway up to Dambulla.

Mr. Kotalawala, who is the Project Minister of Highways, told Daily Mirror that the expressway would be constructed in three stages under the concept ‘Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) with financial assistance from China.

“We will start work in January. We will also open the Galle-Matara stretch of the southern expressway in January. Simultaneously with this opening ceremony, we will start work on extending it up to Hambantota,” he said.

The minister said another expressway had been proposed between Bandaragama and Ratnapura while the stretch of the outer circular road up to Kaduwela would be commissioned in January. (Kelum Bandara)

 
 

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-31+5 # hmr 2013-11-27 05:30
how many billions per km will be spent this time ?
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-0+3 # Nims 2013-11-27 08:48
Mate you are paranoid. Think of Mahaweli. How many millions of rupees spent on that project. Someone has to develop the infrastructure. Just imagine how many hours you spend to travel 72 miles
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# RSB 2013-11-27 17:16
so what you say is, no matter how much they steal from this project, you just need the road ???
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# BSR 2013-11-27 19:31
Better than Nothing
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# sujeewa 2013-11-28 16:32
The famous saying of "not measure other people by one's own yard-stick" amply applies to you and others.
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-0+1 # Fayad 2013-11-27 08:55
As a nation we should be happy & proud, Road network plays a major role in a countries development.
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-1+0 # RSB 2013-11-27 17:17
my ass
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-0+2 # LankanAmerican 2013-11-27 10:13
If you are talking about Colombo - Katunayake expressway, big portion of the cost had been spent on acquiring prime-land. Now government pays more than market-value for the people - which is good because money goes into the public and thus economy will too benefit.

This expressway is on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, so NO COST to the government. The contractor will get the ROI in 20 or 30 or 50 years. BOT is the way to go in developing expressways!
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-0+13 # CLB 2013-11-27 11:21
you know why we are still a 3rd world country because of uneducated shortsighted people like u
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-0+1 # rnlive 2013-11-27 14:05
You exactly Correct bro..
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-0+9 # MorninTroll 2013-11-27 13:07
I think people like you want to travel in bullock carts.
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-1+0 # Mohamed 2013-11-27 15:10
What happens to Kottawa to Paheliyagoda Highway? When is this getting completed? peole travelling from far ways has to exit from Kottawa then go to Borella then either enter Katunayake Expressway or go by normal road. This is rediculous. Finish one and then start the other one. Don't start road works to support your election campaigns...
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-0+1 # LSD 2013-11-27 23:15
Good call.
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-0+1 # Seelawathie 2013-11-27 16:22
I remember idiots like you saying "why we need TV when there is poverty in SL". If idiots like U had their way, we still don't have TV.
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# chandima 2013-11-27 18:48
Patta pata pata!!
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# Buwa 2013-11-28 18:03
do you think roads are made for free?
go live in the bloody forest if you don't like modern civilisation
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-2+33 # Jehan 2013-11-27 05:30
long overdue.Well done. hope it gets done fast!
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# pasel 2013-11-27 12:03
School children and residents of 13 Piyawara in Bakamuna walk along the old wooden bridge, which is on the brink of falling apart. The bridge, which is the main entrance to the village, has already claimed the lives of 8 persons. Villagers say that although the foundation stone has been laid for constructing a new bridge, even that foundation stone can no longer be found.
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-2+28 # Shihan 2013-11-27 05:30
Good move.. The most needed one from Colombo to Kandy..
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# Boss 2013-11-27 05:30
Happy to see a good news in the morning...hopefully this project completes soon...I can save some thousands soon :-)
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# mihlar Jeddah 2013-11-27 05:30
Just recently, I was able to use the southern expressway. The sceneries either side of the road stunned me. It is really a beautiful setting. Reaching gall in that quick time is wonderful.
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-0+1 # concerned 2013-11-27 05:30
Good thing with wrong time line. Our expressways should have done this order 1. colombo katunayake 2. colombo kurunegala kandy 3. colombo galle matara 4. matara kandy 5. kandy nuwara eliya linking all other major towns after
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# Buwa 2013-11-28 18:04
you're thinking logically. those in power think politically. these are almost mutually exclusive :)
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# boga 2013-12-20 13:58
you are correct
an expressway need matara hambantota?
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-5+14 # T Wickramaratna 2013-11-27 06:50
Good news. Reduce the toll chargers
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-23+4 # adrian 2013-11-27 07:19
Hooorrrraaaaahh hhhh!!!!!! More money to make again.
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-1+40 # arthur 2013-11-27 07:59
yes, some body will make money. but you & I also will save money in long run by using these roads. if not your children will get benefit some day. please be positive for development to our natio.
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-0+3 # pasel 2013-11-27 12:04
School children and residents of 13 Piyawara in Bakamuna walk along the old wooden bridge, which is on the brink of falling apart. The bridge, which is the main entrance to the village, has already claimed the lives of 8 persons. Villagers say that although the foundation stone has been laid for constructing a new bridge, even that foundation stone can no longer be found.
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-0+25 # Victim 2013-11-27 07:35
Well, Good Luck, hope for good drivers and less accidents. Lets make an accident free highway.
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-22+4 # ANTON 2013-11-27 07:42
ANOTHER ROAD TO THERE POCKETS IS ABOUT TO START.
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# Rohan 2013-11-27 09:01
Well Muchung Anto. You will be heading the same "expressway" if you had a chance to make money. After all mucho we are all Sri Lankans Nedha. Doesn't matter NEDHA. Ratta Godak. APPITA TIKAK.

Why don't you Contest under UPFA. Then ANTO you will be like them. Set for
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-0+1 # Shankar 2013-11-27 08:46
We do not know how much people earning through this. As far as Country is concern it is fabulous.
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# OMG 2013-11-27 08:47
I hope they will make it three lane, afterall it will cost only a few more billions
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# Aja 2013-11-27 08:49
Well done ...good news.Those who shout Hora do not use the Highways ..please do constructive Criticism
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# Dhammaloka 2013-11-27 08:51
This very good and sadly people does not understand how the country gets benefitted out of good road networks.
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# MirakRajBanda 2013-11-27 08:53
WHY the bloody hell not yet finished Colombo-Kandy Motorway? Who's going to H'tota and for what reason?????
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-2+0 # Haka Haka 2013-11-27 08:54
For a poor third world country like SL, where people are struggling to put food on the table, what can you do with an expressway which is being built from loans on very high interest rates that people in this country cannot afford. SL is not a first world economy like some of the western countries, and will struggle to survive.
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-0+1 # KADMIN 2013-11-27 08:56
Great work. People who whinge all the time, don't understand what's their vision. May be no vision.
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# sobers 2013-11-27 09:13
Kandy- Colombo expressway has been spoken many decades back and nothing happened. The present and past parliamentarian s have to be blamed. Kandy has not seen anything big happening. This is one of the most neglected cities in srilanka comparing to the developments taking place in other parts of the country. Just imagine the few schools in Kandy which are doing so well compared to the out put in other schools. Except for a very few Ministers like Aluthgamage others contribution has been very poor. I feel MR, should personally take interest and develop Kandy.
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# mohamed asfar 2013-11-27 10:01
good news. god bless sri lanka.
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# tony 2013-11-27 10:04
WHY IS GOVT CONCENTRATING ONLY ON DEVELOPING ROAD NETWORK. IS IT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP THE CHINESE WHO IN TURN WILL SPONSOR MAHINDAS YOUNGEST SON TO GO TO SPACE
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# jude 2013-11-27 10:27
Don't care who's funding???, Who's pocketing $$$$$$, bottom line is, the Public will Benefit immensely!!!!. Build them now??!!!..Later it's going to Cost More???!!!
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-1+0 # Pissu magula 2013-11-27 10:45
apiwa china ta vikunanawa...how many percent commision. Dupat janatawagay badata gahapala degin digata.
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-0+1 # Kondebandapucheena 2013-11-27 10:49
No matter who make money we get road that can drive quickly and save time and money .
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# TOTO 2013-11-27 10:49
How sad it is that some people can only see the negative side of it.
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# Ranils Club 2013-11-28 01:33
That 30% of Sri Lankans can only see the elephant mark. That is what we call democracy.
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-6+0 # Jesus 2013-11-27 11:29
It's only for the majority not for the minority now it go's like that...
Minority Islam or Tamil are not sri lankens...
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# MSR 2013-11-27 13:17
Why use such a sacred name as Jesus for such false, uneducated comments you fool !!
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-0+1 # Sybil 2013-11-27 15:04
Perhaps you guys who do not feel that they belong here should start looking to migrate to your homeland in Tamil Nadu where you will be much better treated and welcomed. Sooner you do it better it is for the rest of us.
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-3+1 # public 2013-11-27 11:45
finally some news on this.... its good for the country though....

i hope the elections also will follow suit........ carrot bait!!!! hahhaha.... hope our gullible voters will do the exact thing what is expected of them!!!!!
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-0+1 # pasel 2013-11-27 11:59
Yes you first build this bridge to walk safe for the citizens
then you can fly high
School children and residents of 13 Piyawara in Bakamuna walk along the old wooden bridge, which is on the brink of falling apart. The bridge, which is the main entrance to the village, has already claimed the lives of 8 persons. Villagers say that although the foundation stone has been laid for constructing a new bridge, even that foundation stone can no longer be found.
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-0+7 # willows 2013-11-27 12:02
Look at the bright side, a country without proper road network cannot be developed at any cost.
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-6+1 # mike 2013-11-27 12:20
BUNCHES OF CULPRITS ARE ALL OUT ROB

SHOW THE PUBLIC AS DEVELOPING THE COUNTRY ....

ALL DONE SOLELY TO MAKE MONEY BILLION TO RAJAPAKSE'S FAMILY & HIS ASSOCIATES
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-0+1 # Rakitha 2013-11-27 12:31
Well done, we need a good road network and its for the future!!!
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-0+2 # Independent 2013-11-27 12:46
This is good news. Whatever govt in power, we should back development and infrastructural projects
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# hasitha 2013-11-27 12:49
Map eka weradi, ambepussa idan thamai kandy road eka patan ganne, meke thiyenne kurunegala idan kandy walata hadanawa wage.
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# Asanka 2013-11-27 13:51
I am not against development. this means loans, loans & more loans.

During the 30 year WAR, people were asked to stay putt due to the war now again stay putt due to development.

Shouldnt there be a balance drawn between development and cost of living? All this means our cost of living will sky rocket.
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# Asanka Thennakoon 2013-11-27 13:52
Roads are good, But should evaluate the gain as well.
We do not want all poor people paying debts for rods that they never benefited with.

Kandy is not a business city and I have doubt on benefits.
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-0+1 # Kelanikolla 2013-11-27 13:53
Highways are always good things to happen for a country. But Commision in billions is the problem ????????????????
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# Kalutaraboy 2013-11-27 14:02
Thanks ,now Northerners cant blame the southerners Good for the country and all
Jesus , are you on drugs what are you talking about Tamil and Islam
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# srinath.gunaratne 2013-11-27 14:32
A highway linking Ratnapura to Bandaragama will reduce unbearable high level road traffic.
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# anton 2013-11-27 15:39
The existing road from Bandaragama to Ratnaputa is of very good quality and less traffic. Dont think such a need for the next 10 years. But we shall encourage the motorists to do so
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# saman 2013-11-27 14:47
how many claims for land prch
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# James 2013-11-27 14:57
roads for the rich to speed and rubber for the rest to eat!
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# Suraj 2013-11-27 15:32
wish the Rathnapura highway will extended to Badulla :)
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# George 2013-11-27 15:59
This is great but a real priority is to get a series of elevated expressways from around Bambalapitiya to Kottawa (E01) and to E02, also out to Panadura and Kaduwela. Without these the relatively short runs on the E's are negated by the cost of getting to them.

And sure the leaders are making money but this happens in every country in the world (ever heard of the $10 NASA pencil?), the main issue is the quality of work and prioritizing (E02 should have been before E01 and Colombo-Kuranagala should have been done before E01 as well.
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-0+1 # narada 2013-11-27 16:09
no need to afraid still only 300000 each person have to pay as loan .
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# Mohamed 2013-11-27 16:18
First finish the remaining part from Kottawa to Paheliyagoda..then start others, what's the point of the Katunayaka and Southern Expressway if they are not linked together.
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# sanjaya dias 2013-11-27 16:25
there is a master plan. it will deliver according to the requirments. just wait guys
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# praba 2013-11-27 19:17
Sri Lankans spend 17,000,000,000/= Rs on cigarettes per year.Who says we are poor?
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# AboutTime 2013-11-28 10:19
we are not poor... our gov is just super stuuuuuuuuuuupi d! :O
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# AboutTime 2013-11-28 10:19
Finally about time, cant wait :D!
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