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Restore Pahala Kadugannawa area, rebuilt shops immediately: Johnston

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Highways Minister Johnston Fernando yesterday instructed the relevant authorities to restore the Pahala Kadugannawa area on the Colombo-Kandy main road and to rebuilt the shops immediately.

The road was closed recently due to heavy showers and earth slips in that area. The landslide threat was detected near the 98th km post on the Colombo-Kandy main road. Later, one lane of the road was opened for vehicular traffic upon recommendation of the Road Development Authority (RDA) and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO).

However, the decision to rehabilitate the area and rebuilt the shops was taken at a special meeting in Parliament.

The Minister instructed the relevant departments to properly discharge water down the slope through the culverts of the main road through suitable support structures and a drainage system to protect the stability of the landslide site.

It was also decided to develop the road with three lanes and a 3-metre wide lane on the slope as a viewing point.

In addition, instructions were given to improve the slope stability by introducing plants with suitable roots and to develop the section between the road and the rock as an ecological conservation area.

As it is a highly protected area, development work should be carried out expeditiously on the instructions of the NBRO and the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the Minister said.

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  • Lion Wednesday, 24 November 2021 09:27 AM

    What education and knowledge this man possesses to order the opening of this road which is prone to land slides.This is the tragedy of Srilanka wrong man in the wrong place.

    joshua Wednesday, 24 November 2021 09:31 AM

    yeah, do it without taking another one year

    Road user Wednesday, 24 November 2021 09:32 AM

    The decisions must be made by knowledgeable Officials.If any tragedy was to take place in the area, the grinning Johnny must take responsibility.

    Jaya ilukkwatta Wednesday, 24 November 2021 09:53 AM

    After three weeks??? Sleep and suddenly woken. We don’t You live happily. God very close

    ravin Wednesday, 24 November 2021 12:11 PM

    This trend of grade eight automatically pass giving directions to professionals must be stopped at any cost. Ultimately it's peoples' life.

    M Fernando Wednesday, 24 November 2021 04:31 PM

    Another king issuing "directions to relevant authorities" to do this, that and the other from the Ivory Tower. What are these authorities ? All i see is a press conference where a minister is doing Big Talk

    Wayamba Wambotta Thursday, 25 November 2021 06:54 AM

    Who is talking to whom ! .

    Sambo Thursday, 25 November 2021 08:21 AM

    OMG! Look at these guys. They don't know if the water is flowing upward or down ward but directing things should be done ASAP.


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