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First phase of 1,500 kms road rehabilitation of starts today

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Colombo, Feb 29 (Daily Mirror) - A programme is scheduled to start today as a part of the first phase of the rehabilitation of 1,500 kilometres of roads from Point-Pedro to Dewundara, Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.

Addressing the media, he said the President has allocated sufficient funds from the budget for the rehabilitation of 1,500 kilometres of roads under three phases.

Accordingly, the first phase of the construction of 500 kilometres of roads will commence today. The second phase of the 500 kilometres will commence on March 16 and the third phase of the next 500 kilometres will commence on April 2.

"This programme will be implemented in every District Secretarys' Division in the country. The chairmen of all development committees have specified the roads to be reconstructed," he said. 

"As a result of the economic crisis in the country, the maintenance and repair of the whole road system had come to a standstill directly affecting the transport systems and vehicles. The development of the country's infrastructure was based on foreign and local loans and donations. Due to being unable to pay the loan installments, the loans that were promised by countries were rejected. The funds that were to be received from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank were suspended until the debt restructuring process is completed," he said.

"Until the debt restructuring process is completed, the President has allocated funds from the budget for the rehabilitation of the road system in the country," Minister Gunawardana said.

 


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  • ANTON Thursday, 29 February 2024 12:42 PM

    DEAR MINISTER , CAN'T YOU LET US KNOW THE PROGRESS, EXPENDITURES AND INPUTS AND OUT PUTS , MILE BY MILE THROUGH AN INDEPENDANT AUDIT FIRM,

    Wickremasinghe Thursday, 29 February 2024 12:53 PM

    Need hush money before election.

    YLG Thursday, 29 February 2024 12:55 PM

    Hope they maintain quality standards to handle heavy vehicles. Roads should last at least 10 years. Most of our roads are made to handle cars but are used for buses and trucks. They break up in no time. And stagnant water is a big no.

    Nimal Thursday, 29 February 2024 12:55 PM

    This will definitely be like the 100,000 km road improvement program started by the kaputa.

    CJ Thursday, 29 February 2024 01:06 PM

    Pls finish that highway from Kadawatha to Mirigama and connect it...

    Concerned Citizen Thursday, 29 February 2024 01:09 PM

    Why not extend the Duplication road AKA R.A.De Mel Mawatha to Aththidiya as per the plan.

    Rip Winkle Thursday, 29 February 2024 02:18 PM

    How much will you be pocketing per kilometre?

    Gabriella Thursday, 29 February 2024 02:32 PM

    Hi, My Dear friend Bandula. You are the most honest politician in Sri Lanka. A terrific human being. Can you please lend me 100 billion rupees. I know this won’t make a substantial dent in your commission.

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 29 February 2024 08:28 PM

    Money for the upcoming elections.

    Rishan Thursday, 29 February 2024 08:28 PM

    Hope we can see the road construction from mirswatte junction to Gampaha Town. I have seen surveyors doing the road measurements for the last 10-15 years but nothing happens. Similarly Hansagiri Road .... 30m road only 15m tar have been laid and it is broken from both sides .... hope minister will monitor the progress of the road rehabilitation program .....


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