Dec 09, 2010 (LBO) – The scheduled opening of an expressway linking Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo with the south next year will be delayed as heavy rain has impeded construction work on low-lying sections, an official said. The expressway is expected to result in greater economic development of the long-neglected southern region. The first phase of the expressway from Makumbura, Kottawa to Pinnadua, Galle that was scheduled to be opened in April, 2011 will now most likely be ready only by July, said L U D Atapattu, additional director of the southern expressway project.
“Construction work has been delayed because of the rains,” he told Vimasuma.com, our sister news website.
“We won’t be able to open the first phase of the highway by next April as originally planned. We’re trying to have it ready by July.”
About half the length of the expressway goes through marshlands which get waterlogged during periods of heavy rain.
Sri Lanka has been experiencing unusually heavy showers in recent weeks which have flooded many low-lying areas.
The government Thursday said it had got a loan from China to proceed with work on a 30-km section of the expressway from Pinnaduwa to Godagama, work on which had been aban