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Most of the development projects in the country were slowed down or suspended during the period of the previous government, the Chief Government Whip and Highways Minister, Johnston Fernando, said.

In an address to the media at the Ministry, he stated, "As a result, the government has decided to accelerate the completion of all development projects."

The Minister today had an inspection visit to witness the progress of the construction on the marine drive.

"This Marine Drive has been under construction for several years. The Yahapalana government suspended it. It could not even complete the remaining distance and complete the task in which major work had already been done. The Marine Drive has been identified as a viable solution to the traffic congestion along the Galle Road and Duplication Road," the Minister said.

"Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, most of the work on the Marine Drive has been over. If there had been no regime change in 2015, today the work on the Marine Drive would have been completed and people would have been using it already," Minister Fernando said.

The work of the Marine Drive has been fast tracked, despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. 

"We are determined to move forward and continue our development projects despite the challenges of the pandemic. We have given the contractors our full support in completing their work, and we are confident that all projects, including the 100,000 km long rural road development, will be completed during the current administration. Traffic congestion will soon be a thing of the past. We are building a flyover to help ease traffic at the entryway to Kawdana," the Minister added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Maqs Wednesday, 16 June 2021 02:50 PM

    Aney nikam baila kiyanne netuwa yanna halooooo

    Goofy boy Wednesday, 16 June 2021 02:53 PM

    What a thug who speaks like an illiterate. This fellow is koheda yanne malle pol. You ask him a question and he starts blasting the previous government. Very good at blaming. I really hope if there’s a god out there that this man will be dealt with

    Daya Wednesday, 16 June 2021 02:56 PM

    Yes, they didn't want to print money as ask for loans from China. You guys, print money and ask for loans from China to the extent they use their language instead of ours.

    words of pissdom Wednesday, 16 June 2021 03:02 PM

    work was halted cos the previous govt. did not have your biblical blessings. now your govt. will complete all cos you're half the time intoxicated or inspecting highways for pot holes to dig out some money.

    Ram Wednesday, 16 June 2021 03:22 PM

    They were paying the loans obtained by the Rajapaksa regime/s and development slowed down. You obtain loans and go for development as that fattens your pockets. End result all valuable assets of the country given to the lenders

    sss Wednesday, 16 June 2021 03:37 PM

    And you slowed (or made to slow) your conduct of corruption. Now after the 'acquittal' it may be back on full steam

    Ranjan Wednesday, 16 June 2021 03:41 PM

    Your right. Your former boss fell in love and married the then Prez. They also went on a 2 month honeymoon but the the illegal marriage was dismissed.

    Lanka Shantha Wednesday, 16 June 2021 03:48 PM

    But they reduced gas price, petrol price and Medicine price. Then people didn't suffer like now they are suffering under this Govt.

    GTG Friday, 18 June 2021 12:52 AM

    Yes sir, well said,


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