Connections

May 15, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Road Development Authority (RDA) is
considering building an elevated or underground road to connect the
fast growing Malabe suburb with Colombo city. It has extensive experience in building highways and bridges, and
their maintenance, and has won contracts in India, the Philippines,
and Australia. Road Development Authority (RDA) chairman M.B.S. Fernando also said
they are in talks with foreign firms to build two new expressways.

The RDA has signed an agreement with a Malaysian construction firm to
do a free feasibility study for a new road from the residential suburb
of Malabe to near the old parliament building in Galle Face, Colombo.

“If the project is found to be feasible they will propose a package
with a long-term loan at a reasonable interest rate,” Fernando told
LBO.

“We need a new road because of the congestion being experienced on the
existing road (to the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenepura). It will
either be underground or elevated on pillars.”

The new road’s trace would follow the existing six-lane highway to the
new parliament roundabout and land may have to be acquired on either
side of the road from the