Merit award winner - (Mawbima)media | best web awards | | Last updated three minutes ago


Sri Lanka to expedite Northern Expressway

Sri Lanka will engage SMEC International (Pty) Ltd, an Australia-based consultancy to develop an expressway project from the capital Colombo to the North of the island, to lure in more private investments in to the former war-torn part of the country, a minister said.

Ceylontoday, 2012-07-20 17:35:00

Sri Lanka to expedite Northern Expressway

Sri Lanka will engage SMEC International (Pty) Ltd, an Australia-based consultancy to develop an expressway project from the capital Colombo to the North of the island, to lure in more private investments in to the former war-torn part of the country, a minister said.

SMEC International will be contracted to conduct a feasibility study, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and prepare documents for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from investors, LBO said quoting Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwelle.

SMEC International is also the consultants to the Colombo - Katunayaka Expressway which is now under construction.

Phase One of the Northern Expressway project from Colombo to Jaffna runs from just north of the capital via Kurunegala in the North Western province.

The first part of the Northern Expressway runs from Enderamulla, branching off from Colombo's Outer Circular Highway and ends at Mirigama 42.5 kilometers later.

From Mirigama a 35 kilometer stretch of the expressway passes through Pothupitiya to Pellandeniya about five kilometers away from Kurunegala.

A 44 kilometer link expressway runs from Pothupitiya to within nine kilometres of Katugastota town near Kandy near an existing road (A10) running from Kurunegala to Puttalam.

Treasury Secretary Dr. P B Jayasundera said in May that at least serious bids have come from private investors in three countries to build the expressway which is estimated to cost 1.5 billion rupees.

The rest of the Northern Expressway is anticipated to eventually connect Jaffna. A connection is also expected to Trincomalee, where a mega port-related heavy industrial zone is planned.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced an expressway linking Colombo with Tamil-dominated Jaffna, soon after opening Sri Lanka's first expressway connecting the capital, Colombo, with the southern port city of Galle in November 2011, The Hindu reported.

“I will work on the Jaffna expressway so that the distance can be covered in three hours,” said Rajapaksa. Jaffna is about 400 km from Colombo. The A-9 highway to Jaffna, which had not been re-topped in a few decades, is being repaired in stages. A one-way journey takes upwards of 10 hours by bus now.

Ceylon FT

Ceylon Finance Today: The performance of the Colombo bourse has been the best in three years with the statistics for 2014 being better than 2013 and 2012.Foreign
SALA Enterprises, a leader in Information and Communication Technology in Sri Lanka's Information and Technology sphere, has introduced an innovative, state-of-the-art
Amidst the year-end rush of Debenture Issues, where 6 debt issuances were lining up for subscriptions, aspiring to raise a total value of approximately Rs 12.5
The official launch of Prima Kottumee calendar for the year 2015 and the gala fashion show was held on 18th December 2014 at the Stable, Park Street Mews before

Focus

A brief marriage ends in murder Lovers who are fortunate enough to marry the person of their choice with consent of their families are quite little in number.
Over the past several weeks now, the entire country has been abuzz with the goings on about the upcoming Presidential Election, while the media, social organizations
The political arena in the last week has not been short of entertainment as members of one party crossed over to the other and caused a media frenzy every time
The sun was about to set over the Parakrama Samudraya. The golden rays reflecting on the water, was signalling to us that the day was near at end. A number of people