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* Sri Lankan government acquires over 250 hectares of land for the Colombo Outer Circular Highway project
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 09:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has acquired the required land for the Colombo Outer Circular Highway Development Project.

Project Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping, Nirmala Kotelawala informed parliament that the land acquired for the Colombo Outer Circular Highway (OCH) project has been valued at around Rs. 9.95 billion.

The Minister tabled a document outlining details of the project in response to a question posed by United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake.

Parliament has been informed that around 100.35 hectares assessed at a value of Rs. 2.2 billion was acquired from Kottawa to Kaduwela.

Another 82 hectares was acquired from Kaduwela to Kadawata at a value of Rs. 2.75 billion.

The government has also acquired around 80.94 hectares of land estimated at Rs. 5 billion for the third phase of the highway project.

The 29.2 kilometer OCH will be completed in three phases. In Phase one, the 11.0 km Section from Kottawa to Kaduwela will be completer while Phase two will see the completion of 8.9 km section from Kaduwela to Kadawata. The last phase will be the 9.3 km section from Kadawata to Kerawalapitiya.

Once completed, the OCH will serve as the basis for the entire network of Highways and Expressways in the country.

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