The Government has earned over Rs 151 mn from the Southern Expressway within two months of opening.
According to the Acting Director of Southern Expressway, Rs 70 mn out of the total of Rs 151 million had been earned from the Southern Expressway during January. The administration records show an earning of Rs 4.6 mn during the Independence Day.
The average daily revenue from the Southern Expressway is around Rs 2.5 mn.
More than 530,000 vehicles have entered the Southern Expressway through eight interchanges within two months of opening.
The Southern Expressway will be linked to the Colombo- Katunayake Expressway, enabling a person to reach the Colombo airport from the Southern Province without going through Colombo. Construction of the next stage of the Expressway from Galle to Matara has already commenced.
The Southern Expressway from Pinnaduwa to Kottawa opened on November 27, 2011, enabling motorists from Pinnaduwa to reach Kottawa within one hour.