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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would provide opportunities for the people to travel between Colombo and Polonnaruwa within 90 minutes in two more years and assured the provisions would be made to begin work immediately.

“It took seven hours to travel from Medamulana to Colombo in the past but now it takes only four hours to complete the journey. I will assure that the people in Polonnaruwa will be able to travel to Colombo in one and a half hours in two years,” he told the ceremony held to declare open several projects in the Polonnaruwa Royal College yesterday.

He said at present almost all the roads in Polonnaruwa had been carpeted and funds had been allocated to carpet 250 more  roads. “Several people voiced concern against road carpeting projects we were carrying out at the beginning but we won’t stop doing what’s needed to be done,” he said.(DS)
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  • old citizen Saturday, 14 June 2014 07:50 AM

    Talking about reaching Polonnaruwa in 90 minutes, why not first improve the night and weekend bus service in and around Colombo which has been neglected for more than three decades.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 13 June 2014 02:47 AM

    Election promise and a business.

    Flummoxed Friday, 13 June 2014 10:50 AM

    No way that one can travel by highway from Polonnaruwa to Colombo in 90 minutes when it takes 90 or more minutes from Kottawa entrance to the expressway to get to Matara!!

    Yuri Friday, 13 June 2014 10:52 AM

    Can they make any money in kandy road. big project big money. even thee is no money take loan and steal it.

    SAM_SPARROW Friday, 13 June 2014 02:59 AM

    Colombo to Polinnaruva 90 mins? Sounds good, so Colombo to Batticaloa 3 hours? Let be fingers crossed.

    Asoka Friday, 13 June 2014 11:02 AM

    Thank you for every thing you have done....We can manage to get it done through the next President after January...You are now tired...you need some good rest...We are worried about your health too...

    NOTE: Pls do not misunderstand or think that we are ungrateful

    sobers Friday, 13 June 2014 03:39 AM

    Step motherly treatment for Kandy. The number one highway and priority, ignored and only in talks! MR, should give top priority for this as our Upcountry politicians have not done anything admirable.

    Fernando Friday, 13 June 2014 05:21 PM

    It would be appreciated if highways are done up to Kandy and Ratnapura also. Those are the 2 cities that takes a good 4-5 hours to reach from Colombo. via DM iPad app

    sk Friday, 13 June 2014 04:14 AM

    Highways......... Oh come on not again ..............

    xpert Friday, 13 June 2014 04:41 AM

    ai oyat lankawe thiyena athi antha health eka gana balanne naththe

    shek Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:23 PM

    may be a helicopter ride via DM Android App

    tsco Friday, 13 June 2014 05:04 AM

    very rewarding to all the leeches.

    No Hope Friday, 13 June 2014 05:50 AM

    Ha... Ha... Huge Projects. Huge Profits ....... To the Nation ?????? Ha.....Ha..... H...a...........

    Dee Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:34 PM

    To travel from Colombo to Polonnaruwa in 90 minutes to do what?

    Sarathsk Saturday, 14 June 2014 08:45 AM

    When are going to develop Kandy -Colombo road via DM Android App

    Manuel Saturday, 14 June 2014 03:17 AM

    More roads, more commissions!!!!

    Ken Friday, 13 June 2014 06:51 AM

    Thank you SIR

    jdr Friday, 13 June 2014 07:09 AM

    yes, 1st he will say with in 90min but then the police will charge you for speeding & finally government in anyways get the money both ways.

    weera Friday, 13 June 2014 02:41 PM

    How about tube trains to[quote name="sarath banda"]the distance from Colombo to pollanaruwa is aprox 208 km
    90 mts ?[/quote]
    You need to travel at a speed of 138 KPH !! That's nothing for a Lambroghini.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 13 June 2014 07:44 AM

    More the roads more the merrier, go round and round.

    King Friday, 13 June 2014 07:53 AM

    I thought Kandy suppose to have a domestic air port by mid this year :)

    sarath banda Friday, 13 June 2014 07:56 AM

    the distance from Colombo to pollanaruwa is aprox 208 km
    90 mts ?

    Kurulu Lowa Thursday, 12 June 2014 01:22 PM

    Hello, this is the "Road Man". Ha Ha Ha. New heard him talk about industry or agriculture. There is nothing else he can talk about. How bankrupt politically.

    Traveller Thursday, 12 June 2014 01:26 PM

    We have no objection. But for heavens sake, please do so to travel to Kandy. It takes over 4 1/2 hours to do so now. One day it took me 6 hours. It is almost impossible to overtake a slow moving heavy or any vehicle, and only possible place is a long straight stretch. In such places invariably there are pedestrian crossing, and if you overtake there, we motorists know the rest. RDA pls check these places as some are in most absurd places. No pedestrian is going to walk over 100 metres to cross at a PC.

    ram Thursday, 12 June 2014 01:53 PM

    Yes yes roads are very important to government because they get 60% we get empty road oh he won't be their for two years in jail.x

    Kurulu Lowa Thursday, 12 June 2014 02:00 PM

    There are a lot more to do than making roads. Our industry is in taters and we are just running on doctored figures and loans. Soon we will be in a spin.

    Mama Raja Thursday, 12 June 2014 02:26 PM

    making roads always filling government pockets. Maywa kagay boodalayenda karnada yane ape saliwoliney.. rata winasai

    kalu banda Thursday, 12 June 2014 02:30 PM

    Yes Sir. The people know. That road making is rewarding!

    peiris Friday, 13 June 2014 09:49 AM

    Quicker travel.Good for tourism industry.More income and jobs for Sri Lanka.Think to the future .Don't be negative.

    Jonny Friday, 13 June 2014 03:21 PM

    At what speed.. Like Deputy minister s speed at kottawa high way.. via DM Android App


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