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The construction work on the northern expressway linking Colombo to Kurunegala, Dambulla and Kandy, will begin in January, Minister Nirmala Kotalawala said yesterday.

Under the first phase, the proposed expressway will be linked to the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and will extend up to Kurunegala via Ederamulla and Meerigama, and then extended up to Katugastota in Kandy. The next phase will be the construction of the highway up to Dambulla.

Mr. Kotalawala, who is the Project Minister of Highways, told Daily Mirror that the expressway would be constructed in three stages under the concept ‘Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) with financial assistance from China.

“We will start work in January. We will also open the Galle-Matara stretch of the southern expressway in January. Simultaneously with this opening ceremony, we will start work on extending it up to Hambantota,” he said.

The minister said another expressway had been proposed between Bandaragama and Ratnapura while the stretch of the outer circular road up to Kaduwela would be commissioned in January. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 72

  • Kalutaraboy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:32 AM

    Thanks ,now Northerners cant blame the southerners Good for the country and all
    Jesus , are you on drugs what are you talking about Tamil and Islam

    rnlive Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:35 AM

    You exactly Correct bro..

    Pissu magula Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:15 AM

    apiwa china ta many percent commision. Dupat janatawagay badata gahapala degin digata.

    Shihan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Good move.. The most needed one from Colombo to Kandy.. via DM Android App

    Kondebandapucheena Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:19 AM

    No matter who make money we get road that can drive quickly and save time and money .

    TOTO Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:19 AM

    How sad it is that some people can only see the negative side of it.

    arthur Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:29 AM

    yes, some body will make money. but you & I also will save money in long run by using these roads. if not your children will get benefit some day. please be positive for development to our natio.

    Ranils Club Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:03 PM

    That 30% of Sri Lankans can only see the elephant mark. That is what we call democracy.

    srinath.gunaratne Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:02 AM

    A highway linking Ratnapura to Bandaragama will reduce unbearable high level road traffic.

    saman Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:17 AM

    how many claims for land prch

    CLB Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:51 AM

    you know why we are still a 3rd world country because of uneducated shortsighted people like u

    James Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:27 AM

    roads for the rich to speed and rubber for the rest to eat!

    Sybil Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:34 AM

    Perhaps you guys who do not feel that they belong here should start looking to migrate to your homeland in Tamil Nadu where you will be much better treated and welcomed. Sooner you do it better it is for the rest of us.

    Jesus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:59 AM

    It's only for the majority not for the minority now it go's like that...
    Minority Islam or Tamil are not sri lankens...

    chandima Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:18 PM

    Patta pata pata!!

    Shankar Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:16 AM

    We do not know how much people earning through this. As far as Country is concern it is fabulous.

    OMG Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:17 AM

    I hope they will make it three lane, afterall it will cost only a few more billions

    Mohamed Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:40 AM

    What happens to Kottawa to Paheliyagoda Highway? When is this getting completed? peole travelling from far ways has to exit from Kottawa then go to Borella then either enter Katunayake Expressway or go by normal road. This is rediculous. Finish one and then start the other one. Don't start road works to support your election campaigns...

    Nims Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:18 AM

    Mate you are paranoid. Think of Mahaweli. How many millions of rupees spent on that project. Someone has to develop the infrastructure. Just imagine how many hours you spend to travel 72 miles

    public Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:15 AM

    finally some news on this.... its good for the country though....

    i hope the elections also will follow suit........ carrot bait!!!! hahhaha.... hope our gullible voters will do the exact thing what is expected of them!!!!!

    Aja Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:19 AM

    Well done ...good news.Those who shout Hora do not use the Highways ..please do constructive Criticism

    Dhammaloka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:21 AM

    This very good and sadly people does not understand how the country gets benefitted out of good road networks.

    MirakRajBanda Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:23 AM

    WHY the bloody hell not yet finished Colombo-Kandy Motorway? Who's going to H'tota and for what reason?????

    Haka Haka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:24 AM

    For a poor third world country like SL, where people are struggling to put food on the table, what can you do with an expressway which is being built from loans on very high interest rates that people in this country cannot afford. SL is not a first world economy like some of the western countries, and will struggle to survive.

    Fayad Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:25 AM

    As a nation we should be happy & proud, Road network plays a major role in a countries development.

    KADMIN Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:26 AM

    Great work. People who whinge all the time, don't understand what's their vision. May be no vision.

    Suraj Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:02 AM

    wish the Rathnapura highway will extended to Badulla :)

    praba Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:47 PM

    Sri Lankans spend 17,000,000,000/= Rs on cigarettes per year.Who says we are poor?

    pasel Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:29 AM

    Yes you first build this bridge to walk safe for the citizens
    then you can fly high
    School children and residents of 13 Piyawara in Bakamuna walk along the old wooden bridge, which is on the brink of falling apart. The bridge, which is the main entrance to the village, has already claimed the lives of 8 persons. Villagers say that although the foundation stone has been laid for constructing a new bridge, even that foundation stone can no longer be found.

    anton Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:09 AM

    The existing road from Bandaragama to Ratnaputa is of very good quality and less traffic. Dont think such a need for the next 10 years. But we shall encourage the motorists to do so

    concerned Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Good thing with wrong time line. Our expressways should have done this order 1. colombo katunayake 2. colombo kurunegala kandy 3. colombo galle matara 4. matara kandy 5. kandy nuwara eliya linking all other major towns after via DM Android App

    Rohan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:31 AM

    Well Muchung Anto. You will be heading the same "expressway" if you had a chance to make money. After all mucho we are all Sri Lankans Nedha. Doesn't matter NEDHA. Ratta Godak. APPITA TIKAK.

    Why don't you Contest under UPFA. Then ANTO you will be like them. Set for

    willows Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:32 AM

    Look at the bright side, a country without proper road network cannot be developed at any cost.

    George Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:29 AM

    This is great but a real priority is to get a series of elevated expressways from around Bambalapitiya to Kottawa (E01) and to E02, also out to Panadura and Kaduwela. Without these the relatively short runs on the E's are negated by the cost of getting to them.

    And sure the leaders are making money but this happens in every country in the world (ever heard of the $10 NASA pencil?), the main issue is the quality of work and prioritizing (E02 should have been before E01 and Colombo-Kuranagala should have been done before E01 as well.

    pasel Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:33 AM

    School children and residents of 13 Piyawara in Bakamuna walk along the old wooden bridge, which is on the brink of falling apart. The bridge, which is the main entrance to the village, has already claimed the lives of 8 persons. Villagers say that although the foundation stone has been laid for constructing a new bridge, even that foundation stone can no longer be found.

    pasel Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:34 AM

    School children and residents of 13 Piyawara in Bakamuna walk along the old wooden bridge, which is on the brink of falling apart. The bridge, which is the main entrance to the village, has already claimed the lives of 8 persons. Villagers say that although the foundation stone has been laid for constructing a new bridge, even that foundation stone can no longer be found.

    narada Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:39 AM

    no need to afraid still only 300000 each person have to pay as loan .

    Mohamed Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:48 AM

    First finish the remaining part from Kottawa to Paheliyagoda..then start others, what's the point of the Katunayaka and Southern Expressway if they are not linked together.

    mike Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:50 AM




    Seelawathie Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:52 AM

    I remember idiots like you saying "why we need TV when there is poverty in SL". If idiots like U had their way, we still don't have TV.

    sobers Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:43 AM

    Kandy- Colombo expressway has been spoken many decades back and nothing happened. The present and past parliamentarians have to be blamed. Kandy has not seen anything big happening. This is one of the most neglected cities in srilanka comparing to the developments taking place in other parts of the country. Just imagine the few schools in Kandy which are doing so well compared to the out put in other schools. Except for a very few Ministers like Aluthgamage others contribution has been very poor. I feel MR, should personally take interest and develop Kandy.

    sanjaya dias Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:55 AM

    there is a master plan. it will deliver according to the requirments. just wait guys

    Boss Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Happy to see a good news in the morning...hopefully this project completes soon...I can save some thousands soon :-) via DM Android App

    Buwa Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:33 PM

    do you think roads are made for free?
    go live in the bloody forest if you don't like modern civilisation

    Buwa Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:34 PM

    you're thinking logically. those in power think politically. these are almost mutually exclusive :)

    Rakitha Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:01 AM

    Well done, we need a good road network and its for the future!!!

    mihlar Jeddah Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Just recently, I was able to use the southern expressway. The sceneries either side of the road stunned me. It is really a beautiful setting. Reaching gall in that quick time is wonderful. via DM iPad app

    T Wickramaratna Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:20 AM

    Good news. Reduce the toll chargers

    Independent Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:16 AM

    This is good news. Whatever govt in power, we should back development and infrastructural projects

    hasitha Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:19 AM

    Map eka weradi, ambepussa idan thamai kandy road eka patan ganne, meke thiyenne kurunegala idan kandy walata hadanawa wage.

    RSB Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:46 AM

    so what you say is, no matter how much they steal from this project, you just need the road ???

    RSB Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:47 AM

    my ass

    boga Friday, 20 December 2013 08:28 AM

    you are correct
    an expressway need matara hambantota?

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:31 AM

    good news. god bless sri lanka.

    MorninTroll Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:37 AM

    I think people like you want to travel in bullock carts.

    tony Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:34 AM


    MSR Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:47 AM

    Why use such a sacred name as Jesus for such false, uneducated comments you fool !!

    hmr Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM

    how many billions per km will be spent this time ? via DM Android App

    adrian Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:49 AM

    Hooorrrraaaaahhhhhh!!!!!! More money to make again.

    LankanAmerican Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:43 AM

    If you are talking about Colombo - Katunayake expressway, big portion of the cost had been spent on acquiring prime-land. Now government pays more than market-value for the people - which is good because money goes into the public and thus economy will too benefit.

    This expressway is on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, so NO COST to the government. The contractor will get the ROI in 20 or 30 or 50 years. BOT is the way to go in developing expressways!

    Victim Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:05 AM

    Well, Good Luck, hope for good drivers and less accidents. Lets make an accident free highway.

    Jehan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00 AM

    long overdue.Well done. hope it gets done fast! via DM Android App

    Asanka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:21 AM

    I am not against development. this means loans, loans & more loans.

    During the 30 year WAR, people were asked to stay putt due to the war now again stay putt due to development.

    Shouldnt there be a balance drawn between development and cost of living? All this means our cost of living will sky rocket.

    jude Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:57 AM

    Don't care who's funding???, Who's pocketing $$$$$$, bottom line is, the Public will Benefit immensely!!!!. Build them now??!!!..Later it's going to Cost More???!!!

    Asanka Thennakoon Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:22 AM

    Roads are good, But should evaluate the gain as well.
    We do not want all poor people paying debts for rods that they never benefited with.

    Kandy is not a business city and I have doubt on benefits.

    Kelanikolla Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:23 AM

    Highways are always good things to happen for a country. But Commision in billions is the problem ????????????????

    LSD Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:45 PM

    Good call.

    AboutTime Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:49 AM

    Finally about time, cant wait :D!

    ANTON Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:12 AM


    AboutTime Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:49 AM

    we are not poor... our gov is just super stuuuuuuuuuuupid! :O

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