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Construction of Meerigama-Kadawatha expressway to go ahead

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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.

  Comments - 3

  • Sambo Thursday, 27 August 2020 07:56 AM

    Even if the people don't have money to eat they have express high ways to travel about. Good Luck

    Chris Ollegasegrem Thursday, 27 August 2020 11:34 AM

    Don't display your ignorance so publicly. One of the basic lessons taught in A/L economics is that for any country to develop, it has to have a good network of roads and highways and quick and easy transport capabilities for goods and services. Investment in infrastructure is a must for economic development. Strive to get out of the "Poor/beggars" mindset and think positively. Today, people who don't have money to eat have the latest Smart Phones, Branded clothes etc and every house has a vehicle even if its a Three Wheeler or Scooter. More people are eating from out as evidenced by the number of restaurants who have thriving businesses and home delivery services. So open your eyes and get in touch with reality.

    navaratna willamune Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:26 PM

    it is well establised fact devalopment of infrastructure is a prerequisit for rapid devalopement.ignorance is bliss

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