President Mahinda Rajapakse inspected last Saturday the construction work of the southern expressway which links the Western Province with the Southern Province. The President inspected the several major points of the expressway and travelled on the road from the Kurundugaha Mile Post to Galle.
This Expressway is being built at a cost of Rs. 90,000 Million. Funds have been provided for this project by the Japan international cooperation agency (JAICA), the Asian Development Bank and the Exim Bank of China.
The expressway which was only a dream several decades ago is to be vested with the people before the end of this year. This 128 kilometer Expressway from Kottawa to Matara is being constructed with four lanes. It is expected that the travel time from Matara to Colombo will be reduced by 50 percent upon completion of this expressway
There will be 11 entry points to the Expressway. The longest bridge constructed in Sri Lanka and 6 other main bridges will be included in this Expressway. The longest bridge of Sri Lanka of 780 meters coming on this expressway has been erected across the Benthara river. The construction work of this expressway was carried out under four segments. The first segment amounting to 34 kilometers was from Kottawa to Dodangoda. The 2nd stage was from Dodangoda to Kurundugaha mile post which amounted to 31 kilometers. The 3rd segment was Kurundugaha mile post to Pinnaduwa amounting to 29 kilometers and the last segment was Pinnaduwa to Matara which amounted to 35 kilometers.
The Ministers, parliamentarians and government officials of the respective districts were also associated with the president in this inspection tour. Upon coming to Galle the President went to the construction site of the new bus depot and inspected the progress of this work. He also took some time to have cordial discussions with the people of the Galle town.(niz)
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