Rest Stop

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Mar 02, 2011 (LBO) – The first refueling station at a rest stop mid-way on Sri Lanka’s southern highway which is nearing completion will be operated by state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, petroleum ministry secretary Titus Jayawardene said. The refueling station will be built in Dodangoda, an interchange near Kaluthara, in the stretch between Colombo and the southern city of Galle on the 126 kilometer highway.

The section from Kottawa, south of Colombo to Pinnaduwa in Galle is due to be opened for public traffic in June.

“This is the only refueling stop that has been identified in the highway,” Jayewardene said.

“At this location restaurant facilities will also be built.”

The final 30 kilometer section of the highway from Galle to Godagama in Matara was delayed owing to funding constraints.

But funding has now been secured from China’s Exim bank, a government statement said earlier.