Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan President declares open first segment of outer circular highway around Colombo
Sat, Mar 8, 2014, 08:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accompanied by the Ambassador of Japan Nobuhito Hobo, today declared open the first segment of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH) around Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo.

After opening the first segment of the OCH from Kottawa to Kaduwela the President drove the first bus on the 11-kilometer long, four-lane highway launching a highway express bus service.

Kottawa-Kaduwela segment of the OCH is located in the Colombo Metropolitan Region and passes through Colombo and Gampaha Districts. Sri Lanka's longest fly over spanning more than three kilometers is also located in this highway.

The new highway will significantly reduce the travel time between the two destinations from an hour to ten minutes.

The Kottawa-Kaduwela segment in Phase 1 of the project was constructed with the financial assistance from Japan at a cost of Rs. 27 billion.

The OCH runs around 20 km away from the city center of Colombo, connecting radial routes and has a total length of 29.2 kilometers.

The northern end of the highway is located at Kerawalapitiya on Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and the southern end is located at Kottawa on Colombo-Ratnapura-Wellawaya-Batticaloa road where Southern Expressway meets OCH.

It is developed as a 4-lane Highway with provision for future expansion to 6-lanes. The design speed of the Highway is 100 kmph.

The second stage, the 8.9 kilometer segment from Kaduwela to Kadawata will be vested in the ownership of the general public next year.

The final phase of the project will complete the 9.3 kilometer section from Kadawata to Kerawalapitiya connecting the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway to the Southern Expressway via the OCH. Thereafter it would become one expressway from Katunayake to Matara passing the Gampaha, Colombo, Kalutara and Galle Districts.

Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne, Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Dinesh Gunawardena, and Wimal Weerawansa, parliamentarians and senior government officials also participated in the occasion.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Owners of businesses affected by the Kilinochchi market fire to get compensation
-- [28 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka needs to overcome challenges to raise healthy children in a safe environment - President
-- [50 minutes ago]
FAO grants Sri Lanka Rs. 40 million to implement awareness program on illegal fishing
-- [1 hour and 26 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka's AkzoNobel hosts CSA scholarship winners on architectural tour of Singapore
-- [1 hour and 45 minutes ago]
U.S. Embassy launches new website: lk.usembassy.gov
-- [1 hour and 58 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan Prime Minister visits Auckland Zoo to meet Anjalee
-- [2 hours ago]
New Zealand and Sri Lanka committed to strengthening relationship, will set up diplomatic posts
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy arrests five people transporting and possessing over 6 kg of Kerala Cannabis
British Council Sri Lanka opens refurbished Colombo and Kandy premises
Buddhist nationalist organizations ask government to take over Northern PC

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.