Three elevated highways will be constructed in Colombo metropolitan area to ease the traffic congestion.
The proposed highways will provide access to the already opened Southern Expressway and the Outer Circular Highway and Colombo -Katunayake Expressway which are under construction now.
The cabinet has approved a proposal made by President, in his capacity as the Minister of Ports and Highways, to procure consultancy services from the French company Egis Beecon International to conduct a feasibility study and outline the design.
It was also decided to seek the assistance of the engineering faculties of local universities first for consultancy services for the project.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will fund the study.
The three elevated Highways are to be constructed from Kirulapone to Kadawata, Colombo Fort to Kottawa and from Colombo Fort to Peliyagoda.
A 19-kilometer segment from Kirulapone to Kadawata will connect the Outer Circular Highway, the belt around Colombo that is under construction, at Kadawata and Colombo -Katunayake expressway at Peliyagoda.
Another segment of 21 kilometer from Colombo Fort to Kottawa will connect Southern Expressway and Outer Circular Highway at Kottawa.
The approximately 5- kilometer highway from Colombo Fort to Peliyagoda will connect to the interchange at Peliyagoda on Colombo- Katunayake Expressway that connects the country's international airport.
The government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the traffic in the capital has increased considerably during the recent years due to the accelerated economic and social development in the country.
The existing roads are narrow and there is no room to widen those due to the massive commercial development along the roads, the Minister explained.