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Southern Expressway grosses Rs. 105 mn during festive week

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The Road Development Authority says that a revenue of Rs.105 million was generated from the Southern Expressway during the New Year Season from April 10 to 16.

An RDA official told the Daily Mirror that more than 372, 000 vehicles used the Southern Expressway during this period.

Accordingly, Rs.23 million has been generated from over 79, 700 vehicles that travelled on Sunday (15) while Rs.14 million was generated from over 50, 000 vehicles that travelled on Saturday (14).

Also, 23 vehicle accidents were reported on Saturday (14) on the Southern Expressway.

More vehicle breakdowns were reported on the Southern Expressway during the same time period due to adverse weather conditions.

However, the RDA received a total of Rs.230 million in tolls from expressways last year recording a 25 per cent increase compared to 2016.(Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 25

  • Doug Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:10 AM

    No thanks to the present govt, they reap the benefits of others hard work.

    Development Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:12 AM

    Please use this money for further infrastructure development and Don't let the money goes into POCKETS.

    User - Amingo Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:15 AM

    Can re pay the Loan

    Naya Bara Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:53 AM

    Naya Bara Reduced

    mike Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:20 AM

    yahapalanaya has to thank MR. what ever said

    Gamaya Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:24 AM

    Why? This project started well before MR time.

    pushkara Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:04 PM

    The road end on my fathers property( previously paddy field-Before Ginganga project) and we had compensations back in 2003. MR finished after changing the construction company from Korea.

    Cleanman Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:27 AM

    Ops disclosed!, hope our politicians will not touch these monies ..'

    Pradeep Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:29 AM

    We miss leaders with vision

    cheers Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:37 AM

    Thank you Mr Rajapakse if not for you people would have spent new years on roads wasting so much of time and energy and we need a charismatic leader of your nature nothing more

    almaaz Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:47 AM

    Hey, this may be sugar to the ears of the Chinese..

    Rambo Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:18 PM

    No Dear It's like molten tar in UNP'ers ears!

    Mohamed Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:46 AM

    When you disclose these things (income) to public - Worl bank and other institutions eye on this income soruce and introduce new condition to tax general public - Now world is looking for where is the money. Probably will pass a UN resolution against a build case and ask government to hand over the administration their country. Its like finding a oil in Yemen ...Next eye for fresh water ?? - we will be next victim as we got fresh drinking water

    Roger Halliday Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:55 AM

    Could the authorities let the public know the cost of this highway and the payments to settle the said loan since the completion of the highway.

    Unchikun Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:05 AM

    What is the cost of the Highway? What is the daily income of a normal day? If we take these into consideration, the loan for building the highway will never be paid back by the revenue earned from it. It will be paid by the poor people who have not used it in the form of indirect taxes. The need of the country is not highways or expressways. What is needed is a good and organized public bus and rail transport service. Sri Lanka roads, specially in towns can not handle the traffic This has happened in many developed countries and that is why they have good public transport.

    Ss Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:32 PM

    Do you even live in Sri Lanka. You can have the world's best public transport but our cultural aspirations will make us use a car whenever possible.

    Dhanush Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:21 PM

    More than a billion rupees went to the politician's pockets as commission to approve the tenders

    Reader Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:46 AM

    Any new road or highway benefits the public but the question is at what cost. RDA reports when there is big collection. RDA should report for public information the annual revenue, running cost, loan installment etc. for few years so that cost- benefit can be understood. Most certainly government/ tax payers have to bear loan repayment costs.

    Truth Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:48 AM

    The govt must release the income - expenditure details for each highway separately on a monthly basis or Quarterly basis, including the repayment of interest and capital of the construction cost. Then only we will know the real situation, whether it is making money or not.

    DG Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:50 AM

    RDA reporting collection at festive times alone is not sufficient. Report overall burden or gain on the Treasury.

    saranga.walimuni Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:11 PM

    This is nothing compared some of the world standard... US 2 million revenue last year against nearly $870 initial investment almost a joke..

    Ss Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:35 PM

    Get your facts before condemning something good. Just appreciate the good done by MR.

    Gayan Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:20 PM

    Did you get these numbers from Mangala or Rajitha?

    Coconut Republic Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:22 AM

    RDA authorities, should open up with a 35 to 50 % off on all highways , apart from Katunayake , during the peak traffic times , to create a high volume income.This action would also certainly ease much traffic on all main roads.RDA , FOR YOUR THOUGHTS!

    samantha Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:21 PM

    85% of income goes to china??

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