The Highways, Ports and Shipping Ministry will today commence two major road development projects at a cost of Rs.7,300 million, in line with the Mahinda Chintana accelerated road development program.
According to Highways, Ports and Shipping Project Minister Nirmala Kothalawala, these two projects have been initiated on the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to improve access to communities and economic development in the Sabaragamuwa Province.
The stretch of road from Anguruwella to Warakapola in the Kegalle District will be developed at a cost of Rs.2, 125 million under the local bank funding.
The total length of the road is 22 km. The 20 km road from Veyangoda to Ruwanwella and several bridges will also be developed at a cost of Rs. 5,129 million.
For the first time in Sri Lanka we are implementing a road rehabilitation program with local bank funding as State banks and private sector banks are providing funds for road rehabilitation, the Minister said. Accordingly, the rehabilitation of a number of roads across the country will be undertaken with local bank funding.
There is unprecedented development in the country's road infrastructure sector today which is a fact accepted by all despite party differences. Not only urban roads, but roads in the rural sector have been developed and carpeted. The road networks in all provinces have been developed. The benefits of these projects are for the people," he added.