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Several expressways had been proposed to be built in the Western Province to bypass the Colombo city to ease the day-to-day traffic congestions, the City Planning and Water Supply State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle said today.

“An expressway from Borella to Kaduwela had been proposed to be built to ease the traffic while another was proposed from Kelaniya connecting the Colombo Katunayaka Expressway,” she said.

“The number of vehicles on the road had increased during the past six months. Public transportation system had not been developed as development occurred in the country’s middle class.

“Old transportation systems are still operational in the country with old trains and old buses. That is why most of the people are trying to drive their own vehicle which adds to the heavy traffic on the roads.

“The government is also thinking ‘Park and Ride’ concept again while developing the public transport system in the Colombo city,” she said.

“As the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) we request the government to remove the tax on zero emission electric vehicles, which had been proposed in the budget 2016. That is because it is essential to protect the environment pollution.

“Meanwhile several proposals have been launched to develop selected hundred towns in the country’s Pradeshiya Sabha and Urban Council areas,” she said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Nava Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:08 PM

    Just talk. Marine drive expansion is a 100 yrs project plan?just widening the marine drive make more traffic in the exit points. Find better experienced city planers who can plan the city to meet the next generation transportation. Throw all political appointees and find better ppl.

    Abu Mukarram Wednesday, 02 December 2015 09:29 PM

    A transport system called intercity luxury bus service was once introduced. Charges were doubled with the hope of giving a luxury bus service with ac with no standing passengers and limited stops. But now the service is horrible. No Ac. Many standing passengers. curtains unwashed for decades. Dirty and torn seat covers with broken seats. Stopping everywhere. So, will a decent man use this public transport? Give a thought for this Madam. Improvement of this service with the value for money paid too will help to ease the traffic confession to a great extent indirectly.

    chimpa Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:20 PM

    We appreciate your plans to improve the road expansion programmed to ease the traffic congestion. However. regarding electric cars it is unfortunate the action taken by the Finance minister to impose a tax on the electric cars, which discourage the use.

    mohamd Thursday, 03 December 2015 03:47 AM

    its well known concept in developed countries. Most of them do not go by car to cities and they park their cars at respective train stations . its important to have good parking facilities and shuttle bus services to key points . This will help people to reach stations without cars . these things can be done easily and its a matter of time and attitude. Car is still prestige symbol in Sri Lanka so people love to drive even within traffic congestion and carry the key in their hand to show they have car.

    Anuruddha Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:22 AM

    Yes, we MUST have a CTB luxury bus service for popular routes like High Level, Galle Road. CTB Volvos running now, are a big service.

    Mason Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:15 AM

    In expressways MR discovered wealth and it is being faithfully followed.

    Abdul Hameed Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:30 AM

    There is no direct service between parts of Colombo to Colombo. Every thing goes through pettah.


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