The construction of the Rajagiriya flyover is scheduled to begin in July this year as an interim traffic solution in the Megapolis plan, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva announced today.
The flyover is expected to reduce the current travel duration to half from Nelum Pokuna to Battaramulla.
In a Facebook post Dr. Silva said the work is scheduled to begin in July and end in January 2018.
“The project is financed via a soft loan from the Spanish Government and the project which I have been fighting for a long time and I am very happy that finally we are going to see the construction will get underway,” he said.
Elevated highways to link Colombo, Peliyagoda and Rajagiriya:
by Rohana Jayalal
The Government plans to build two elevated highways linking Colombo to Peliyagoda and Rajagiriya to ease traffic congestion and connect the suburbs to the Expressways.
An artist’s impression of the elevated highways
The construction of elevated highways will be one of the government’s top priorities and the project is due to begin in September, Director General of Road Development Authority (RDA), M.P.K.L. Gunaratne told Sunday Observer Business.
The heavy vehicular traffic on Colombo roads has adversely affected commuters and the authorities, particularly during peak hours.
A survey has revealed that the government loses Rs. 35,000 million annually due to traffic congestion in Colombo, and it translates into massive socio-economic and environmental losses.
Elevated highways will link Colombo with key suburban towns, according to a three-year project being formulated. It is being carried out jointly by the Ministry of Megapolis and the Ministry of Highways, Gunaratne said.
Chairman, Road Development Authority (RDA), Nihal Suriyaarachchi said the estimated cost of the project would be around Rs. 130 billion and it would be on a Build-Operate-and Transfer (BOT) basis over a 25-year period.
The elevated highways would be built mainly over canals and Port Authority lands, to avoid the relocation of people as much as possible. The government hopes the elevated highways would be a major part of the solution to the ever-increasing traffic congestion in Colombo and the suburbs such as Battaramulla and Rajagiriya, Gunaratne said.
It will facilitate uninterrupted transport of cargo and containers from Colombo and the suburbs and ease the traffic congestion in the Colombo urban area. It would take about 10 minutes to reach Galle Face from Rajagiriya on the elevated highway, he said.
The elevated highways will be linked with the Colombo outer-circular road in Pore, Athurugriya, with the Katunayake Expressway at Peliyagoda, while another extension would be linked with Baseline Road near the Railway grounds at Dematagoda, he said.
According to Gunaratne, a 21.6 km long elevated highway will be built from Athurugiriya to Colombo Fort via Malabe, Battaramulla, Rajagiriya, Dematagoda and Orugodawatte.
Construction work will begin soon on the two elevated highways, one 6.9 kilometres long, with three lanes on one side, will link Peliyagoda to Rajagiriya, with access to the Outer Circular Expressway.
It has also been decided to build an Expressway at an estimated cost of Rs. 94 billion via Battaramulla, Malabe, and Athurugiriya, It will be connected with the Outer Circular Highway in the second phase and the northern end will connect the Katunayake Expressway.
The second elevated highway, a distance of 5.8 kilometres, will be constructed from Peliyagoda to the Colombo Port, to ease traffic congestion in the city, at an estimated cost of Rs. 36 billion.
The projects will be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan, he said.
The elevated highways constructed to ease traffic congestion, would have access from Malabe, the Koswatta junction, Rajagiriya, Madinnagoda and Kolonnawa.
This will be in addition to access from a point close to the Fort Railway station, the Port City, Peliyagoda and Dematagoda.
It will be further extended to Duplication Road. The proposed project is expected to be completed within three years, Gunaratne said. The proposed elevated highways project would be one of the top most projects to be launched this year.
Twelve mega development projects worth Rs.132 b to commence
Agreements to commence massive development projects worth Rs 132 billion have been entered into during the first four months of this year, National Policy and Economic Development State Minister Niroshan Perera said.
He said that 12 mega development projects including the construction of expressways, development of airports, provision of drinking water, renovation of rural hospitals etc. are to commence under these agreements. The State Minister said these projects which are to commence this year will be funded by China, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Japan, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank etc. “The government is in discussions to enter into agreements for another 50 mega development projects worth Rs. 500 billion,” State Minister Perera said.
“The government’s view is to develop the country with the novel view point,”he said. Minister Perera further said the decentralised budget of Parliamentarians have been increased by 100 percent on a suggestion by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
He added along with Rs five million arrears of 2015, each member would receive a sum of Rs.15 million from the decentralised budget. He added that the government has already allocated a sum of Rs 3,700 million for this purpose.
He also said the government has allocated Rs one million for each village to develop infrastructure under a separate project. He added that Rs.13,300 million has been allocated for this purpose.
Colombo suburban railway electrification project to cost USD300mn
May 12, 2016 (LBO) – Colombo suburban railway electrification project phase one which initially focuses on 64 kilometers along Veyangoda – Panadura section will cost 300 million US dollars to implement.
Energy consultant Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya speaking at a seminar said the project will support the modernization of the railway network in the Western Province of Sri Lanka.
“The government has been pledged a soft loan by the ADB. Phase two of the project will also cost another 300 million US dollars,” Siyambalapitiya said.
The Asian Development Bank last year approved one million US dollars for the technical assistance of the project and it is yet to approve 300 million US dollars loan.
The project will improve the capacity and operating speed of the railway network in the Colombo Metropolitan Region by modernizing and upgrading track, signaling infrastructure; and potentially electrifying the suburban railway lines.
The average speed on the Main Line is currently around 33 kilometers per hour (kph) while the speed on the coastal line is around 28 kph.
Under the new project, tracks will be improved to allow 100 km per hour, and will be fenced to avoid accidents.
On average over 110,000 passengers per direction enter the Colombo city by rail during a normal working day, which translates into around 13 percent of all passenger movements.
Since electric power sets are more energy efficient, the net fuel saving will be about 40 rupees per train km, Siyambalapitiya said.
He said under the project stations will be refurbished with modern architectural designs and E-ticketing will be introduced.
ADB to give Sri Lanka US$ 3 billion loan for infrastructure development - Finance Minister
May 09, Colombo: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has promised a loan of US$ 3 billion to Sri Lanka for infrastructure development, Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake has said.
The loan agreement has been reached during the 49th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank Governors held in Frankfurt, Germany from 2-5 May, according to a report in state-run Daily News. Sri Lanka's Finance Minister participated in the discussions with the lender at the meeting.
In addition to the US$ 3 billion loan, the ADB will grant US$ 200 million separate aid for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector.
The loan facility given under a concessionary interest rate will be given to Sri Lanka over the next three years Minister Karunanayake said.
The funds will be allocated to some of the main development projects in the country and will be channeled to develop new railways, port development, electricity distribution network, and highways and transportation systems, according to the Minister.
The ADB annually lends Sri Lanka about $ 400 to 500 million, however this loan is in excess to this annual amount.
The lender has also agreed to lower the interest rates on current loans to Sri Lanka, the Finance Minister said.
"The ADB has decided to lower the 7 to 8 percent interest rates on loans and bring it down to 1½ to 2 percent, which is a significant achievement," he said adding that the ADB has pledged to give its fullest support to ensure that the development funds are channeled to Sri Lanka.
He added that during the past eight years, there was an absence of such funds and to see it with renewed vigor means that this money can be spent on development.
The Minister added that Sri Lanka has received the distinctive opportunity to participate in the first round of discussions, where the specialty of Sri Lanka in the Asian region and the changes that have taken place in the country were focused.
Feasibility and environmental reports on new bridge over Kelani River completed, constructions to begin next year
Mon, May 9, 2016, 10:20 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
May 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Highways has said that the reports of environmental and feasibility studies of the project to build a new bridge over the Kelani River and the proposed elevated road from the bridge up to the Colombo Harbor have been completed.
According to the Secretary to the Ministry of Highways D C Dissanayake, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding the construction of the new bridge while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing the financial assistance for the elevated road.
The new six-lane bridge parallel to the existing bridge over the Kelani River is expected to overcome the increasing traffic jams in these areas. It will also facilitate a smooth traffic flow along Baseline road and New Kelani Bridge road towards the Colombo port access road.
The elevated access road from the Colombo Harbor will be connected to the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway though the new bridge. To the south the road will be extended up to Wellawatta though the Marine Drive without blocking the Galle Face Green, the official told the national radio.
In addition, another elevated road will be constructed up to Battaramulla from the new Kelani Bridge. This will also be extended to Athurugiriya, later.
The construction is due to begin in January 2017, according to the Ministry. The constructions are to be completed by 2019.
The much awaited US$ 500 million Stage 2 development of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will get underway soon.It is expected to be completed by end 2017.
The tender for the “Package B – Remote Apron and Taxiways” will be announced shortly in the print media.
The airport will be partially closed from January 2017 for urgent runway repairs.The airport will be closed for about six hours from 9.00 a.m. for a period of three months.
SriLankan Airlines CEO Suren Ratwatte told the Daily News that they have been informed of this development.This will create major problem for SriLankan since 30 percent of their aircraft land and take off during this time.
Under the BIA development project, capacity of the airport will be enhanced by a further 9 million passengers per annum and on completion, handling capacity of BIA will be increased to 15 million passengers per annum.
The scope of the project consists of construction of a new multi-level terminal building (Terminal 2) with a floor area of 180,000 sqm, where arrivals and departures are separated vertically, consists of two pier buildings, Pier 2 and Pier 3. The new terminal will be designed for the provision of barrier free access with many environmentally friendly initiatives.
Concessionary Loan Agreements for this development was signed between Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the funding of Stage 2 of Phase II Development of BIA.
BIA which has a handling capacity of 6 million passengers per annum handled 8.5 million passengers in 2015.
“Package B – Remote Apron and Taxiways” comprises of apron to an extent of 210,000 m and taxiways of 17,000 m. The existing apron has 25 parking stands which includes 8 contact parking positions and 17 remote parking positions.
Additional 23 aircraft parking positions will be developed under BIADP II-2, which includes 16 contact gates.
On completion of the project, BIA will have 48 parking stands in total of which 24 contact parking positions, 24 nos. of remote parking positions.These parking positions will be provided with Fuel Hydrant Points by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
BIA which has a handling capacity of 6 million passengers per annum handled 8.5 million passengers in the year 2015.
The airport development will be a major boost to the Sri Lankan tourism industry and it would also provide additional employment.