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* Sri Lanka govt extends Colombo-Matara Highway to Weerawila
Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 13:10 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 20, Colombo: The Colombo-Matara express highway, one of the key infrastructure projects of the Sri Lankan government, will be running up to Weerawila, where Sri Lanka's proposed second international airport is being built.

This highway project, which is also known as the southern Lanka express highway, will be 126 kilometers long and its construction work has already begun. The government plans to extend the highway by another 100 kilometers.

The first phase of the construction work from Matara to Kurundugaha Hethepma is underway. The second phase of the construction is from Kurundugaha Hethepma to Kottawa.

The Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are providing financial assistance for the express highway project, which will be completed by the year 2010. Some 1300 families have been moved because of this project. Of these, 550 families have been provided with new land to build their houses.

Titled deeds were handed over to 180 lands recipients at a ceremony held at the Mahaweli Centre in Colombo yesterday under the patronage of Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. City Bank Card, Chase low rate loan, American Express

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