Faster run from Kaduwela to Kadawatha

2015-06-02 09:14:38
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The second phase of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH), the 14.3 Km stretch from Kaduwela to Kadawatha is to be opened for public use on June 20, Project Director Mrs. T. S. H. Abeywickrama said yesterday.

The construction of the OCH is being carried out in three phases, Phase 1 from Kottawa to Kaduwela was declared open last year, Phase 2, from Kaduwela to Kadawatha; and Phase 3 from Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya.

“The construction is almost completed. Unlike the other expressways, we have taken measures to ensure greater safety. These days, we are trying to complete such work before the deadline,” Mrs. Abewickrama said.

Meanwhile, she said due to accidents and difficulties people had to face when travelling on the other expressways, measures had been taken to reduce accidents. Accordingly, new technical inclusions and strategies have been used when constructing the second phase of the OCH.

The building of the second phase commenced in 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs. 49 billion. The four lane expressway will have 3 toll buildings and 6 toll plazas.

Mrs. Abewickrama said that the authorities have informed that this phase would be opened on June 20 but, some of small scale work is still being carried out. Therefore, she said that the date was not certain.

According to the Road Development Authority (RDA) plan, the OCH will be developed as a four-lane highway with provision for future expansion to 6-lanes. The design speed of the highway is 100 kmph. (Piyumi Fonseka)


  Comments - 64

  • Amila Tuesday, 2 June 2015 09:27

    40 billion. Public just want to know the pay back period and the benefits to the rural tax payers who pays their tax to build these projects? . please explain.

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    a Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:51

    Get some sense into yourself before posting such things

    Reply : 0       44

    gamin Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:38

    Rural tax payers ?

    Reply : 4       36

    sarath Tuesday, 2 June 2015 21:14

    the travelers on highways are all sections of the society. many go to Kataragama via Highway. they are common people. the benefits gained from new roads are for the country and not for individuals

    Reply : 1       12

    chin Tuesday, 2 June 2015 21:34

    Amila = Public ?

    Reply : 0       6

    Dehand Namaska Wednesday, 3 June 2015 06:45

    Gamini only displays his ignorance about direct and indirect taxation. People like Gamini thinks that its only the urban people who pay taxes. The reality is that the urban population are the biggest tax dodgers.

    Reply : 5       3

    anura Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:58

    Its a miracle by the Yahapalanaya completion of the huge bridge and the road within 3 months, similar events during the years 2004 by destroying the Intelligent unit within 2 months and supply of Com. equip.2 Containers to LTTE within 4days

    Reply : 0       6

    Jude Tuesday, 2 June 2015 09:45

    Good for the public and for the uses of the highway!!!

    Reply : 1       78

    Wildwine Tuesday, 2 June 2015 09:49

    With or without corruption; hats off to the previous regime for these development activities. Whatever said and done there is visible development work carried out.It is time for the current regime to step up; 6 months gone and what we are still seeing is only talk and opening / commissioning previous government work.

    Reply : 49       172

    RW Tuesday, 2 June 2015 11:02

    We have a President and a Prime Minister who are honest and not corrupt. You can not expect wonders within 5 months. Definitely these 2 will take the country forward and allow our children to be proud of being Sri Lankans.

    Reply : 54       65

    TruthSeeker Tuesday, 2 June 2015 11:37

    Og pls these were under the 6 expressways planned by ranil in 2005

    Reply : 76       51

    Rubert Tuesday, 2 June 2015 13:24

    My my..UNP also planned to distribute gold chains and necklaces to the rural folk. Dreams are one thing, Nobody but the previous government deserves credit for highway development.

    Reply : 21       46

    Wildwine Tuesday, 2 June 2015 13:33

    Wow, so everything good done during last 10 years were planned by Ranil in 2005.Get a life, learn to give credit where due.

    Reply : 15       48

    ThothaBaba Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:20

    Pls take a look at news articles before 2005 and you will see these projects.

    Reply : 12       24

    TrueLier Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:29

    Ranil only did and does planning, nothing has been deploy on the ground.

    Reply : 12       32

    Roadmaker Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:25

    The former regime needs to thanked but we also need to remember most of these were about to start before they came to power.

    Reply : 9       23

    Malinda Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:43

    "I did it my way"

    Reply : 2       4

    CityWine Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:26

    Pls read the UNPs 2005 election manifesto http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2005/09/29/unp’s-presidential-elections-manifesto

    Reply : 12       12

    chin Tuesday, 2 June 2015 21:38

    Anybody can plan and write stories if they have blank papers. NATO No Action Talk Only . Now we are in similar stage in our lives.

    Reply : 8       9

    jayasekara Tuesday, 2 June 2015 10:14

    Hope this will reduce colombo city traffic much delayed project that were planed in 2005 manifesto of UNP was used by UPFA as ATMs

    Reply : 26       57

    Amila Tuesday, 2 June 2015 10:19

    Ban all type of vehicles which have more than 100km/h odometer. import or assemble the vehicles which can run maximum velocity of 100km/h. No need to bring over design vehicles to run at a maximum velocity of 100km/h.

    Reply : 93       4

    amal Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:13

    Thats the dumbest thing i heard in a while

    Reply : 1       26

    Mel Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:34

    Can understand your stand by your comments...

    Reply : 0       12

    Bala Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:53

    We may not have imported vehicles as all vehicles have over 100kph speedometerswith speeds from 120 - 160 kph.

    Reply : 0       1

    Siribiris Tuesday, 2 June 2015 16:30

    Only brand new vehicles have less than 100km in odometer.

    Reply : 0       1

    weera Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:09

    buy a tuktuk

    Reply : 0       8

    sarath Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:40

    100KMPH is nothing new to us. Before 80s we wish to go at a speed of 60 MPH in our old Hilman Mins car. This are much advanced cars which can go faster than them, what we need is the carefulness. we need to keep sufficient space and the maximum speed allowed.

    Reply : 0       9

    suni Tuesday, 2 June 2015 11:21

    Construction at a reasonable cost with out corruption is very important as these loans have to be paid back while spending more money for the maintenance work of these highways.

    Reply : 1       10

    Lanka Tuesday, 2 June 2015 11:23

    I thought these developments are stopped due to curruption..seems not..Yahapalanaya kollo yaha palanaya.. via DM Android App

    Reply : 9       4

    Suresh Fernando Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:03

    Unfortunately according to the loan contracts of the previous regime, these projects will cost more if stopped mid-way. Better to complete it even though it is expensive is the wiser choice.

    Reply : 0       1

    abha Tuesday, 2 June 2015 11:26

    after completion of total project no one cant expect how much save by the nation.think positive men via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       5

    PanduAbha Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:49

    These projects started work after proper investigation that revealed large malpractices after that the government restarted work through proper procdure

    Reply : 3       6

    Dilip Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:16

    Who started all these high ways? And look who is doing the opening ceremonies.

    Reply : 8       12

    Jaya Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:37

    Amila-> Dumb! So what happens if there are still accidents at 100kmph? Will you bring down only vehicles that can go at 50kmph then? safest bet may be to build highways and allow only bullock carts on them.

    Reply : 0       2

    Buwa Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:52

    Amila you are a born idiot.

    Reply : 2       49

    Damien Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:10

    UNP supporters are like frogs in the well

    Reply : 7       14

    Cristo Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:31

    Eloquently put sir

    Reply : 1       1

    Dumma Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:26

    @Damien what does their posts has to do with the UNP?

    Reply : 3       7

    shame Tuesday, 2 June 2015 13:09

    How will it reduce the greater Colombo traffic...

    Reply : 3       1

    Gamini Tuesday, 2 June 2015 13:33

    Credit must go to Mahinda Rajapakse.

    Reply : 10       19

    SriLankan Wednesday, 3 June 2015 21:36

    Considering the commissons already went to MR he may get the credit as well

    Reply : 0       3

    Rush Tuesday, 2 June 2015 13:40

    AmilaDo you drive or have driven on the highway?

    Reply : 0       2

    tharanga Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:07

    I saw the new government roadside hoardings saying that they managed to reduce the price of petrol fuel and gas....Previous government used to show case their highways and developments...very serious difference in strategy..

    Reply : 3       14

    vini Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:44

    There are three-wheelers and motorcycles in the image; are they allowed in the highway? They look like toys for the (big) boys.

    Reply : 0       1

    observer Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14:59

    Amila seems to be a sour grape kind of person. In addition to being stupid of course

    Reply : 0       2

    John Fernandez Tuesday, 2 June 2015 15:44

    Credit goes to the previous govt even though no one talks about it now.

    Reply : 4       15

    mahinda Tuesday, 2 June 2015 16:00

    Ranil has been only family planning all these years.He cannot do a thing leave the country aside.

    Reply : 11       25

    SkiuruSeven Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:17

    These are in the 6 expressways that was planned during the 2004 government. Its hard to fool the people when they are aware of it

    Reply : 10       8

    RW Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:28

    You talk like you were born in 2005! Ranil did a lot of work in his time and he developed the country

    Reply : 11       6

    RajaBadu Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:23

    Pls read about Ranils "Western Province Megapolis" before talking nonsense

    Reply : 6       6

    chin Tuesday, 2 June 2015 21:43

    He he anybody can plan and write nice stories. Only a capable leader can execute the plans.

    Reply : 4       4

    abaya Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:28

    After the Development of new highways Sri lanka land value grown up high in price.

    Reply : 0       3

    sena Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:36

    Nobody is perfect even who came to power preaching Yahapalanaya bana. mahinda rajapake first solved terrorist problem created from Banda to JR and then developed the road network paving the way for further development of economy.country men time to bring back mahinda to power.

    Reply : 8       19

    Sarath Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:31

    Are you insane or just stupid? If MR comes back to power police officers will be stoned to death (As promised by MR goons)

    Reply : 12       6

    mountain Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:23

    Time of earning has changed to other hand. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       1

    jay jay Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:28

    All governments before 2006 only planned. They never executed anything. To give the devil his due, Mahinda is the only leader who started anything.As for speed.... people have to learn to obey and stick to the road rules. Some roads overseas are worse that our roads. But they still travel over 100km per hour because they are disciplined drivers. Sri Lanka is full of idiots who think they have PhDs is all knows subjects. This is the main problem with mother Lanka. God help us.

    Reply : 3       17

    Saman Kumara Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:59

    "Only planned" eh? do you need a list of things done by UNP governments?

    Reply : 10       8

    Namal Tuesday, 2 June 2015 20:03

    Ranil built lots of industrial zones when he was the minister of Education, Industries and Science.

    Reply : 13       6

    Citizen Tuesday, 2 June 2015 20:16

    Kindly improve our public transport system... railway and buses ....because majority of people still use the same...

    Reply : 0       4

    sachini Tuesday, 2 June 2015 22:33

    if any one can update Details about Colombo to Kandy highway ..plzzzz.. b"cos we are from ragama area ..since 2 years waiting for finaliz frm gvermnt. plz update any details

    Reply : 0       0

    kalidasa Wednesday, 3 June 2015 00:50

    problem of accidents is not with the highways or the vehicles but with uneducated drivers. like in many countries we should introduce written tests in addition to practical test by a three member board of examiners at a special yard made for such tests. it is common knowledge any idiot can get a heavy vehicle driving licence at a price. proof of this is the way the tipper drivers disregard the traffic rules

    Reply : 0       0

    Dayawathie Wednesday, 3 June 2015 06:12

    If Ranil has done so much, how come he cannot win any elections ?.

    Reply : 3       2

    Karigalan Wednesday, 3 June 2015 10:02

    Keep these development plan away from political partiesthese are paid by tax money or foreign loans for which you and me have to pay another 20 yearsYes some mange efficiently than others it has to be fast and cost effective. not fast at any cost.

    Reply : 0       2

    mezrg Wednesday, 3 June 2015 13:19

    More important to get the Kurunegala and Kandy runs.. Kandy has got so bad over the past years...

    Reply : 0       0

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