A long felt need to widen the roads

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY KUSAL CHAMATH

Res­i­dents of sev­eral ar­eas along the Panadura-new­dawa road stressed the need to widen the road be­yond Eluvila run­ning through a densely pop­u­lated area, to pro­vide safety to the peo­ple in thou­sands of fam­i­lies liv­ing along the road. They pointed out that the road con­structed about 150 years ago has not been widened in keep­ing with pop­u­la­tion in­crease. They pointed out that thou­sands of ve­hi­cles run along the road ev­ery hour and that it was with great dif­fi­culty that the ve­hi­cles run­ning in op­po­site di­rec­tions pass each other. They pointed out that blind cor­ners in the road re­sulted in sev­eral fa­tal ac­ci­dents. A res­i­dent of Kiriberiya Ni­mal He­wa­p­athi­rana (35)) said sev­eral ac­ci­dents in­clud­ing a fa­tal ac­ci­dent had oc­curred at the blind cor­ner at the turn off to Wan­dura­mulla hous­ing com­plex, but the Ban­daragama Pradeshiya Sabha ig­nored our re­quests at least to lay humps on ei­ther side to re­duce the speed of ve­hi­cles.

“Quite of­ten buses run­ning in op­po­site di­rec­tions get jammed at bends, cre­at­ing heavy traf­fic con­ges­tions. Col­li­sion of ve­hi­cles oc­cur al­most ev­ery day due to the nar­row­ness of the road. A road de­vel­op­ment pro­ject to widen the road and straighten the blind cor­ners has been a long-felt need in view of the large num­ber of ve­hi­cles ply­ing daily on this road and the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion. We are liv­ing in con­stant fear of any pos­si­ble dan­ger to our chil­dren walk­ing along the road, par­tic­u­larly to schools in the morn­ing. The ve­hi­cles run­ning at ex­ces­sive speed re­gard­less of the road con­di­tions, had caused sev­eral se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents,” he said.

Res­i­dents of the area re­quested the Ban­daragama Pradeshiya Sabha at least to lay humps at the blind cor­ners to pre­vent ac­ci­dents un­til steps were taken by the RDA to widen the road. Mean­while a se­nior of­fi­cial of the RDA said road widen­ing would in­volve ac­qui­si­tion of land and de­mol­ish­ing of thou­sands of res­i­den­tial houses, and that it was a se­ri­ous chal­lenge fac­ing any pro­ject to widen the road. He pointed out that the po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity in the area should in­ter­vene and re­solve the is­sue.

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