Nov 07, 2011 (LBO) – The toll for cars using Sri Lanka’s first expressway, scheduled to be opened later this month, has been set at 400 rupees for the full distance and a minimum of 100 rupees, an official said. The southern expressway, linking Colombo with the town of Galle on the south coast, is to be formally opened on November 27, 2011 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
A senior official of the Road Development Authority said the toll rates would be given legal sanction and formally announced soon.
Motorists in cars will be charged 400 rupees to travel from Makumbura, Kottawa, a suburb on the southern outskirts of Colombo from where the highway starts, to Pinnaduwa in Galle where it now ends.
The return toll will also be the same.
“The toll will depend on the distance travelled with the minimum toll being 100 rupees for a car,” the RDA official told Vimasuma.com, our sister news website.
“We forecast that about 5,000 vehicles will use the expressway daily in the initial period after the highway is opened and the number to increase later on.”
The toll is the equivalent to about three litres of petrol at current prices.
Under this forecast the government could earn about two