Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY DARSHANA SANJEEWA

Com­pen­sa­tion for land ac­quired by the Road Devel­op­ment Author­ity (RDA) for the Marine Drive ex­ten­sion pro­ject has been paid to some and mea­sures will be taken to pay oth­ers as and when funds are avail­able, the Author­ity said.

Speak­ing to the Daily Mir­ror, RDA Chair­man Ni­hal Soori­yarachchi said that com­pen­sa­tion had been paid to the Amer­i­can Em­bassy as well as the Hy­att Ho­tel which was be­ing con­structed along the Galle Road, as parts of the prop­erty will be used for the ex­ten­sion of the road which will ul­ti­mately lead to the Port City.

“We have more peo­ple to pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion for but we will do that as and when we have funds,” he said.

Soori­yarachhi ex­plained that the Author­ity funded the marine drive ex­ten­sion pro­ject through funds re­ceived from other com­pleted projects. There­fore, plans are un­der­way to sub­mit a pro­posal in time with the bud­get for the com­ing year, re­quest­ing funds be al­lo­cated for the pro­ject.

“We have to fin­ish the pro­ject soon as it will be con­nected to the Port City. We are con­tin­u­ing work on the pro­ject,” he said.

Mean­while, me­dia re­ports stated that the China Har­bour En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany Lim­ited (CHEC), the de­vel­op­ers and the own­ers of the Colombo Port City pro­ject had pro­posed the ex­ten­sion of the Marine Drive via an un­der­ground tun­nel, which will ul­ti­mately con­nect with the coun­try’s south­ern and north­ern re­gions.

The US $ 150 mil­lion pro­ject, is most likely to be a Pub­lic Pri­vate part­ner­ship. Quot­ing a source close to the mat­ter, the me­dia re­port stated that tech­ni­cal fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies were cur­rently un­der­way.

The pro­ject will ex­tend the ex­ist­ing Marine Drive through an un­der­ground tun­nel through Galle Face Green which will then be con­nected to an el­e­vated high­way on the Port City which will be linked to the New Kelani Bridge.

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