Sept 30, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has decided to call for fresh tenders to build a section of highway around the capital Colombo as bids from Japanese contractors were too high, an official said. The Outer Circular Highway will be connected to the expressways only by four interchanges at four suburban towns – Makumbura, Kaduwela, Kadawatha and Kerawalapitiya. The Colombo city Outer Circular Highway is to be built largely on viaducts.
It will provide an effective bypass for north-south bound traffic, reducing through-traffic in the city and traffic jams and improving transit times.
The highway will provide access to existing main roads and proposed expressways now under construction at four interchanges.
Highways ministry secretary Wasantha Karannagoda said bids for a nine-kilometre section from the suburbs of Kaduwela to Kadawatha are to be recalled.
The section is to be built with Japanese aid and the contract must be offered to Japanese contractors.
Japanese experts advising the ministry have assessed the bids submitted by Japanese firms in response to the government tender as too high, Karannagoda told our sister news website Vimasuma.com
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