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Feasibility studies finalised for R’pura expressway

2014-07-09 21:34:07
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Feasibility studies for the Colombo-Ratnapura expressway from the Kahathuduwa interchange on the Southern Expressway are being finalised and construction work is expected to begin this year, Ports and Highways Ministry’s Project Minister Nirmala Kothalwala said.

The 71.8-kilometre expressway will be stretch from Colombo to Pelmadulla via Ratnapura and will be connected to the Kahathuduwa interchange of the Southern Expressway. It will pass through Horana, Gelanigama, Handapangoda, Ingiriya, Munasinhapura, Kiriella, Otuwagala, Eheliyagoda, Kithulpe, Dogampe, Kosgoda, Kuruwita and Pelmadulla via Ratnapura. Kahathuduwa will be the first access road on this expressway.

The project is being initiated to minimize the congestion on the Colombo-Ratnapura Road and reduce travel time.

The minister said once completed it would take 45 minutes to travel from Colombo to Ratnapura and one hour from Colombo to Pelmadulla. He said at present it takes two hours to reach Ratnapura through the Bandaragama access road because of the many bends on the Panadura-Ratnapura Road.

The minister said a land area with a low population was selected for the project and a good compensation methodology will be implemented for those who lose house and property.

The project is expected to be completed by 2019. (Rumana Razick)


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  Comments - 11

  • Asanga Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:42

    good if it can be done by 2019 as stated. But where is the money?
    No details on funding has been revealed. The same Minister said the Northern highway would begin by January 2014. January is long past!!

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    Punny Pellow Thursday, 10 July 2014 02:49

    [quote name="Asanga"]good if it can be done by 2019 as stated. But where is the money?
    No details on funding has been revealed. The same Minister said the Northern highway would begin by January 2014. January is long past!![/quote]
    Money? No problem. It will be "Borrowed" from our great grand children !!!

    Reply : 1       6

    Saman Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:57

    Can have more night races.

    Reply : 6       5

    P.R. Thursday, 10 July 2014 04:48

    And why not? such activity increases economic activity!

    Reply : 3       1

    nimal Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:38

    What's happning to kandy colmbo highway?

    Reply : 0       3

    ANTON Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:46

    NO....... IT IS FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION OR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

    Reply : 0       3

    DN Thursday, 10 July 2014 02:41

    Priority has to give Kandy Highway.

    Reply : 0       2

    George Clooney Thursday, 10 July 2014 03:04

    More debt and more poverty to an already impoverished country. Who will pay these loans????

    Reply : 0       2

    garawi Thursday, 10 July 2014 03:43

    Good idea i fimpemented correctly! Current expressways are gettling flooded while some newly bulilt highways are washed off after rains!

    Reply : 2       0

    ABC Thursday, 10 July 2014 06:37

    Long overdue. It is glad to see some improvements to infrastructure of SL. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       5

    Kandyan Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:24

    What about the highway to Kandy It was said to begin in January 2014. No progress at all.

    Reply : 0       3

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