June 23, 2011 (LBO) – State-run Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation will develop and run rest areas on a tolled expressway running from the capital Colombo to Galle in the south of the island, a government minister said. The completed highway will run to Matara at the southern tip of the island.
Minister Anura Yapa said SLIC will be given state land on a 99-year lease to develop operate and maintain rest areas on either side of the expressway at an interchange near Welipenna.
The rest area will have parking, water, communications and restaurants. State-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is expected to operate a fuel station on the highway.
The first part of the expressway from Kottawa just south of Colombo to Pinnaduwa in Galle is expected to be open for traffic next month.