The government made the advance payment for the commencement of construction of the Meerigama-Kadawatha stretch of the central expressway, a statement said today.
Highways Minister Johnston Fernando instructed Ministry Secretary R.W.R. Premasiri to work in this regard.
The government is required to pay 15% of the project cost to the contractor. Accordingly Rs.16.67 billion was paid to the construction company on August 25. The distance of the stretch is 36.54 km and the width 24.4 m. It is a four-lane expressway. The total estimated cost is Rs.158 billion.
According to the Ministry Secretary, Rs.25 billion extra cost will have to be borne this time because the previous Yahapalana government delayed the project for five years.