Aug 06, Colombo: Minister of Higher education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella says the construction of the Central Expressway will be completed within the next three years.
Minister Kiriella made this comment today while participating in an inspection tour to inquire into the construction of the expressway.
The four-lane Central Expressway at a cost of Rs. 158.4 billion will be completed in four segments.
The first quarter is from Kadawatha to Meerigama (37.09 km), second quarter from Meerigama to Kurunegala (39.70 km), the access road (9.7 km) running up to Ambepussa is included, third quarter from Kurunegala, Pothuhara to Galagedara (32.50 km) and fourth quarter from Kurunegala to Dambulla (60.30 km).
Four interchanges, at Kadawatha, Gampaha, Veyangoda and Meerigama will also be built. The project is to be completed in two phases.
The Minister said that those who have been deprived of lands due to the construction will be paid compensation three times of the market value.
The Minister inspected the construction of the second phase from Meerigama to Kurunegala which includes a 10 km access road and five interchanges.
It is significant that the construction is carried out by local contractors, the Minister said. The plans is to complete the construction by mid-2019, he added.