Seven new flyovers for Colombo, suburbs
The Government has decided to construct seven new flyovers this year
aiming to ease the huge traffic congestion in Colombo and suburbs.
Seven flyovers in Nugegoda (261m), Kohuwala (219m), Dehiwala (335m),
Junction of Rajagiriya and Welikada, (555m), Panadura (288m) Kelaniya
South (300m) and Kelaniya (North) will be constructed at a cost of
Sterling Pounds 33 million. The project is funded by the UK Government.
According to the Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operative and Consumer
Minister Bandula Gunawardhana, construction work on the flyover in
Nugegoda is due to commence this month.
He said under the resurgence programme of Mahinda Chinthanaya this
programme will be expedited.
He said commuters, vehicle owners and passengers were affected by the
huge traffic congestion in Colombo and its suburbs.
The seven flyovers will vastly contribute for the immense development
of these towns. He said the larger part of compensation to people who
lost their houses due to the construction of a flyover in Nugegoda was
The balance compensation is expected to be paid with immediate
effect. "The land acquiring procedure for the flyover in Nugegoda is on
now," he said.
The plans for the construction of flyovers in Colombo in suburbs were
formulated when President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a Minister of Highways
and Road Development, He said.
He said these seven flyovers will be constructed under the guidance
of Acting Highways and Road Development Minister T.B. Ekanayaka.
The Minister has obtained Cabinet approval for these projects last