Sri Lanka’s economy and tourism sectors will receive a tremendous boost with the opening of the Southern Expressway phase II, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao said.
Wu Jianghao said he was impressed with the achievement made by Sri Lanka in terms of development.
Speaking at the opening of the Southern Expressway phase II on Saturday (March 15), the Chinese envoy added that an expressway is a mirror of the country’s development.
“I am convinced that development has not been limited to Colombo. All parts of the country have received development under the Government,” he said.
The Chinese envoy said development has reached all provinces including the North and East. He said Sri Lanka has attracted more attention from the world.
The ambassador said he has informed his friends that Sri Lanka is treading on the path of development though more has to be done. “Sri Lanka has become a popular country in the aftermath of terrorism,” Wu Jiangho said.
The Second Phase of the Southern Expressway from Pinnaduwa in Galle to Godagama in Matara was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on March 15.
Construction on the highway began in 2006 and the first phase from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa in Galle was declared open in November 2011.
The expressway will reduce the time taken to travel from Colombo to Matara (161 km) to one-and-a-half hours from the current four hours, and currently reduces the time taken to travel from Colombo to Galle (116 km) to one hour from the three hours taken by the regular Colombo-Matara highway.
The project costing US$ 180 million was funded by the Exim Bank of China.