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Sri Lanka Kandy highway; Malaysia, Korea firms interested: minister
28 Oct, 2011 13:51:00
By Jayantha Kovilagodage
Oct 28, 2011 (LBO) - Eight firms, including from Malaysia and Korea have expressed interest in building a highway to Sri Lanka's central hill city of Kandy, deputy highways minister Nirmala Kothelawala said.
"We are in discussions with them," Kothelawala said. "We hope to decide finalize the project by May 2012."

He said the government had the choice of funding it by debt or allowing investors to finance it and operate it as a toll road.

A recent media report said Malaysia's Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) had give three billion ringgit (about one billion US dollars) proposal involving three parties to Sri Lanka.

The expressway expected to cut the travel time from Colombo to Kandy from the current two and a half to three hours to about 55 minutes.

Kothelawala said according to current plans most of the expressway will be elevated.

According to the preliminary data on Sri Lanka's Road Development Authority website, the Kandy Colombo Expressway will be a 98 kilometre road with a design speed of 100 kilometres an hour for part of the highway and 80 for the rest.
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3. EXPAT Oct 30
@ RIZA: lol mate how can u equate Dubai Metro with whatever is in Sri Lanka? First of all this is an expressway / highway and not a railway. Secondly u ought to check the GDP of the 2 countries :)

Interesting comment is that "Kothelawala said according to current plans most of the expressway will be elevated". Considering the amount of money spent on the Galle highway on land, it would be unimaginable how much is necessary to build an elevated highway , unless the recent talk about getting iron bridges from UK is part of the startegy.

Nevertheless Koreans and Malysians will be good as they have experience with such constructions in their countries. Anyone know what is the longest elevated road in the world?

2. Bun Key Choon Oct 29
Hope its better built than the fly over at Dehiwala

Welcome to the wonder of Asia where public officers and politicians are NOT accountable.

1. Riza Oct 28
Don't build this through debts, bring in the investors to finance and levy a toll. The very good example is the Dubai Metro which is up and running.