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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 project.
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 expressway.
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.

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