Hill Roads

Feb 28, 2008 (LBO) – Access routes and the road network in Sri Lanka’s central hill city of Kandy will get a billion rupee spruce-up ahead of a regional meeting of heads of state scheduled for next year, a senior minister said. The government was planning to rehabilitate the main access road from Colombo, and resurface roads leading to Citadel Hotel, Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Earls Regency Hotel, Amaya Hills, Topaz Hotel and Kings Park.

Sri Lanka is to host the 15th summit meeting of the South Asian Association of Regional Corporation (SAARC) from July 27 to August 02 in Kandy.

Sri Lanka’s Road Development Authority would also rehabilitate a circular road winding around a lake at the centre of Kandy town, construct eight overhead bridges, re-surface the Kandy to Kundasale road, Kandy to Katugastota road, information minister Anura Yapa said.

Highways minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle has received permission from the cabinet of ministers to invite bids for the project from Maga Engineering, Sierra Construction, Consulting Engineers and Contractors, K D A Weerasinghe, International Construction Consortium and CML Edwards.

The emergency procurement, estimated at around a billion rupees would be restricted to the ident