Repairs to flood damaged roads would cost Rs. 6 bn

by Pabodha Hettige

Total renovation of roads damaged by the recent floods and earth slips would cost the tax payer about Rs. 6 billion, according to Roads Development Authority chairman R. W. R. Premasiri.

He said that the RDA had approached the Treasury to obtain funds needed for the project.

The government has allocated funds to be set aside for maintenance of ongoing projects. The renovation of Dambulla and Ambepussa roads have been completed, he said.

The roads of North Central, Eastern, Uva and Central Province were severely affected due to the inclement weather and floods.

"In the provinces, the roads in Batticaloa, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kandy, Badulla, Moneragala, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are among the severely affected," Premasiri said, adding that most of the roads in the Eastern, Uva, North Western and North Central provinces, too, were damaged.

The RDA expects to complete the total renovation process within one month.

Responding to a query, Premasiri said that the authorities expect the assistance of the private sector in the renovation process, but so far, no such interest has been shown.

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