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Plans to expand tsunami damaged roads in the south and east are still on the drawing board, with a final report expected in early February. Plans to expand tsunami damaged roads in the south and east are still on the drawing board, with a final report expected in early February. Officials say a decision to expand or return the roads to its previous state depended heavily on funding and land acquisitions.

In early January the Highways Ministry said it was scrapping plans to return the roads to their pre-tsunami state, instead move for a wider Galle road up to the coastal city of Galle.

Road Development Authority (RDA) officials at a press conference in early January said returning to pre-tsunami road conditions would cost some Rs. 1 billion.

Officials said with housing and other infrastructure along the coastal road now destroyed and the government’s strict ruling that no new infrastructure can be build within a 100 meter stretch from the shore line, expansion of the road could be expedited.

However, officials on Friday said building and other infrastructure in some areas still remain undestroyed, making it difficult to