The Government which is engaged in a accelerated programme of infrastructural development in newly liberated areas of the North and East yesterday, commenced work on the new highway linking Kantalai, Trincomalee and Seruwawila with aid to the tune of Rs. 2500 billion from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the French Government, Presidential Secretariat sources said yesterday
Minister of Highways T. B. Ekanayake said that the new 105-Km highway linking Kantalai and Trincomalee and the 63-Km highway linking Seruwawila with Kantalai had commenced yesterday.
The Minister said that the 105-Km highway between Kantalai and Trincomalee would cost Rs 1,800 billion and the 63-Km stretch between Kantalai and Seruwawila was estimated to cost Rs 700 billion.
He said that part of the funding of Rs 2,500 billion would be a grant cum soft loan provided by the ADB and the French Government.
He said that construction of a completely new 6-Km coastal highway linking Puttalam with the newly liberated area of Mannar and the new 15-Km highway linking the Madhu Church via Silavathurai from Puttalam was started by the Naval authorities last week.
He said that once this new highway to the Madhu Church was completed, one need not proceed as now via Anuradhapura, Medawachchiya, Vavuniya road.
"Once the coastal highway linking Puttalam with Mannar was completed, it would be a boon for farmers and fishermen to bring their produce to markets in the South via Kurunegala. We have commenced construction of the 150 metre Silavathurai bridge," he added.
"On September (24), we will inaugurate the new highway, 72-Km highway linking Mahiyanghana with Badulla via the 18 bends (18 Vanguwa) road," the Minister said.
The project estimated to cost Rs 2,000 billion is being funded by the Asian Development Bank.
The Cabinet of Ministers has given the green light to commence the construction of seven new flyovers.
"On October (1), we would inaugurate the construction of the new flyover of 320 metres on the High Level Road at Nugegoda junction, which is to be completed in a record period of 90 days by the British company with funding from the British Government."
The work on the construction of the 220 metre flyover at Panadura is proceeding at a fast pace.
The other flyovers are to begin shortly at Battaramulla, near the Parliament, the other at Negombo and the flyover at Maho junction.
All together, plans have been earmarked to complete 16 flyovers in areas where the congestion of vehicles is high within the next two years, the Minister added.