Mon, 20 May 2024 Today's Paper

Colombo – Katunayake to be opened on October 27

4 October 2013 12:13 pm - 30     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Katunayake -Colombo expressway is scheduled to be open for vehicles on October 27. It will be preceded by three days of public viewing.

On these three days the sightseers will be allowed to use the expressway for leisure activities. The grand opening will follow thereafter.

Special Projects Minister Nirmala Kothelawala said the expressway would see a drastic reduction in travel time to or from the Airport or of those travelling to the North-Central and Eastern Provinces.

The 30 kilometre Colombo -- Katunayake Expressway will only have one exit point at Ja-Ela.

The two main entry points will be in Kelaniya and Katunayake with the estimated travel time of between 15 and 20 minutes.
A toll fee will be charged from commuters.

The amount is yet to be decided, the minister said. (HF)

  Comments - 30

  • Pushkara Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:39 AM

    startd around 20-23 yrs ago

    dr ceylon Sunday, 06 October 2013 01:46 PM

    terrible.this is project took over 30 years to be realise.what a shame.

    Karikalan Sunday, 06 October 2013 10:14 AM

    do a metro train network for colombo which will cover all areas of colombo

    Laki Sunday, 06 October 2013 03:02 AM

    Three days of public viewing WHY it's a road!!!

    Ali Baba Saturday, 05 October 2013 06:22 PM

    This project is 46 years old!

    U A Saturday, 05 October 2013 01:56 PM

    for the illiterate crowd who thinks and praises MR and his government are stupid.

    Lets see what's going on in the meantime, MR's GOVT has the worst human rights case violations in the history of this country.

    Cost of living has sky rocketed so much that people cannot afford to have a proper meal.

    MR's GOVT has recruited his whole family to this dictatorship bound nation, and it soo simply implemented that no one can say or do or classify what MR's GOVT is doing wrong.

    Corruption has sky rocketed.

    GOSL has been in the highest debt taken from IMF and World Bank, at its highest ever.

    When there was war, the only reason our president MR, and his family of thrones were doing a better job then, as they had fear in there eye's of one day being accountable for there action's, now since they are worry free, they will only try to benefit from our citizens and from our tax payers, and Mother Lanka.

    God Bless Sri Lanka

    randy Saturday, 05 October 2013 12:27 PM

    this is great , the kottawa connection to this is also underway. i drive pass it almost every day and the progress is really fast. It took 20+ years and two government but hats off the MR and Gota and china for finishing it! .Also the trinko - bati highway is spectacular! really enjoyed the drive. Come visit lanka and drive on these roads before criticizing them!.

    heartily MR Saturday, 05 October 2013 11:17 AM

    No one could remember that this was started by UNP government and this was the first ever express way to be opened

    Lobo Saturday, 05 October 2013 09:44 AM

    So this means the north supported the ltte?

    Proud Srilankan Saturday, 05 October 2013 06:35 AM

    Our great President is doing fantastic jobs to our nation. Sir, go on and borrow and build more roads. Our future generation will pay all your loans. One time the parents save money for the future their children and now the children pay their parents debts.

    peiris Saturday, 05 October 2013 06:30 AM

    Great for Sri Lanka.Well done.

    xlntgson Saturday, 05 October 2013 05:59 AM

    Well! Don't increase the no. of vehicles to create traffic jam, the services of public transport must be superb to discourage buying cars since our exports are insufficient to meet fuel costs! Deficit always!

    kennedy angelo Saturday, 05 October 2013 05:42 AM

    from Airport to Colombo it takes at least 0ne hour and fifteen
    minutes for the one way journey due to high traffic in Jaela and Kandana , The highway one time was a dream which became a reality ,Thanks for the government and the China

    Yuri Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:44 AM

    LTTE only was enemy to Southern, Now the Family turn to be worst then LTTE for All

    Dilumi wimalaratna Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:41 AM

    Good job but at what cost...
    Ppl can praise this but at what cost n we are paying this sacrificing so many needs of a person living in this shit hole of a forsaken country ..,,

    Yuri Friday, 04 October 2013 02:42 PM

    Thanks to Chines people and China !!

    jude Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:31 AM

    Very commendable!!!. After the war building the Infrastructure was the key issue. I'm glad it's happening at rapid pace. Next building highway to Kandy is a bit of a challenge, however, it's matter of time you'd see a highway to kandy. Building rail tracks in North yet another huge project. Don't care who fund these projects??!! Once these highways & rail tracks are built, it's all Sri Lankans that will benefit.

    Upul Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:13 AM

    Did You ???

    ANTON Saturday, 05 October 2013 03:39 AM


    mercy Saturday, 05 October 2013 03:31 AM

    Despite the corruption and despotic rule hats off for the plus points your Excellency.

    Raj Sinna Saturday, 05 October 2013 03:03 AM

    A very good job the Govt. There should be more highways like this in other parts of the country. This is a good revenue to Govt.

    perera Saturday, 05 October 2013 02:54 AM

    did you get paid to write this tripe

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 05 October 2013 01:59 AM

    Mr. President we need the Colombo-Kandy High way soon. Hope you will do it as promised.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 05 October 2013 01:58 AM

    Good news.... and congrats to our Government.

    Pushkara Epa Saturday, 05 October 2013 01:57 AM

    MR did not do any thing.GOSL acquired land for this in early 1990. Took 23 yrs to complete this.
    What a shame

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 05 October 2013 01:57 AM

    This is a worthy project initiated by the UPFA Govt. All the credit should go to our Hon President.

    ANTON Saturday, 05 October 2013 01:14 AM


    upul Friday, 04 October 2013 11:46 PM

    Anyone keeping count of the death toll????

    tsam Friday, 04 October 2013 12:00 AM

    Development ??? via DM Android App

    Bandara Gajanayake Friday, 04 October 2013 03:01 PM

    Expressways were dreams to Sri Lankans before Southern highway. Now people can enjoy the express ways with lot of economic benefits. The amount of fuel cost could save while driving in a traffic jam for hours is the best economic incentive people could enjoy other than the time saving.
    All the credit goes to the HE MR led government and the forces who saved the country from brutal LTTE.

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment