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Malwatta Chapter Mahanayaka, the Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera, stressed the need for the government to think of underground roads as a solution to the frequent traffic congestion being experienced within the Kandy City limits and on the road circling the Kandy Lake.

The Thera, advised Minister of University Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella, who visited the Malwatta Temple to seek the Thera’s blessing, not to risk destroying the Udawatta Forest Reserve if the road planned to be built across the Forest Reserve was executed.

The Minister after assuming duties at his ministry, visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa on Saturday (12) and offered flowers to the Dalada Maligawa. He then sought the blessings of the Mahanayaka of the temple and revealed details of the development work planned for Kandy.

He cited the Colombo-Kandy Expressway as one of the immediate development projects to be undertaken by the government and explained the advantages that would accrue from it. He said with the completion of the expressway,the duration of the journey between the two cities would come down drastically.

He also touched on why the government had decided upon a new road as an alternative to reopening the existing road that runs in front of the Dalada Maligawa. He also told the prelate that they had planned to build a tunnel road linking Gatambe to Thennakumbura.

Ven. Sumangala Thera had emphasized the advantage of having Chinese expertise in the construction of projects such as the one planned involving tunnel roads.

The minister also visited the Asgiriya Viharaya and updated the Asgiri Maha Nayaka, Most Ven.Galagama Sri Atthadassi Thera on what he had discussed with the Chief prelate of the Malwatta Chapter. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe and L.B.Senaratne)
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  • Piumi Monday, 14 September 2015 04:41 PM

    All the best.

    Ranga Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:13 AM

    I am from Kandy and it is useless having a tunnel from Getambe. Congestion starts in Pilimathalawa and gets worse in Peradeniya. Then the next end of it is Katugasthota. So definitely the bigger picture has to be seen.

    Diluk Desinghe Tuesday, 15 September 2015 07:07 AM

    Mr Minister, stop pandering to the voters at public expense......just open the road in front of the Maligawa........even the mahanayaka can see the sense in this,

    SuggestionKandy Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:18 AM

    Bridge over the Kandy lake, from a place close to Malwaththa temple to Avanhala, which is the narrowest place over the lake, will solve this problem, but must preserve the beauty of the lake too.

    Veda-mama Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:40 AM

    Whether it is Chinese expertise or not, nothing comes Free now a days. Above all, Construction and Daily Maintenance of Tunnel roads are far too expensive compared to a Highways. Therefore, with all due respect, it may not be a feasible idea.

    Nimal Monday, 14 September 2015 03:33 PM

    It is too costly and absurd to put a tunnel,just open the gates near the Maligawa.


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