Colombo - Katunayake expressway
French firm approached
By Anthony Fernando
The Ministry of Highways has approached a French firm in the
hope of securing a deal to construct the US$ 200 million Colombo
- Katunayake expressway after China withdrew from the project
subsequent to its failure to secure necessary funding for the
The French company is in the process of studying the proposals.
The Ministry has meanwhile commenced reconstruction and
development of the Pamunugama - Colombo Road running alongside
the Hamilton Canal as an alternate approach road from Negombo to
Colombo, following the indefinite postponement of the
The Ministry has decided as an alternative measure to develop
the Colombo –Pamunugama Road as a priority measure to ease the
traffic congestion experienced during peak hours along the
present Colombo-Katunayaka road.
The Chairman of the Road Development Authority M. B. S. Fernando
told The Nation that work on the Pamunugama-Colombo Road has
already started with the road being widened at certain areas
along the route.
“However we are facing some problem in constructing the link
road from the bridge at Modera to the Colombo Centre Road due to
the existence of a shanty town in the area. But we are in the
process of acquiring the necessary land and agreements have
already been signed with several residents for re-location.
However according to Mr. Fernando it would take another two
years to complete the legal procedures to acquire the required
land and complete the construction of the road on this stretch.