By the Way

The Road Development Authority (RDA) is mooting ambitious plans to setup wayside resting parks – reminiscent of the old ambalama concept – without the grazing ground for cattle, but with accident free parking facilities for vehicles. The Road Development Authority (RDA) is mooting ambitious plans to setup wayside resting parks – reminiscent of the old ambalama concept – without the grazing ground for cattle, but with accident free parking facilities for vehicles. The RDA will lease land in its custody to the private sector to provide weary travellers, ladies in particular, more resting grounds by the side of key roads soon.

“We don’t have that many facilities available for the average local traveller,” said P. Karunarathne, Director Lands, RDA.

“Think about it, if you were a lady travelling from Colombo to Kataragama, how many places are there where you can stop and freshen up?” he pointed out.

Several plots of land by the side of key long-distance roads, such as the Galle Road stretch from Colombo to Kataragama, the Colombo-Kandy Road and the Peliyagoda-Puttalam Road, have been demarcated for this purpose.

There are about 14 key sites, each with about 40 perches land that will be given out on a 30 year lease.

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