ELEVATED HIGH­WAY

FROM NEW KELANI BRIDGE (NKB) TO ATHURUGIRI­YA

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY YOSHITHA PER­ERA PIC BY WARUNA WANNIARACH­CHI

The con­struc­tion of Sri Lanka’s first Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) road project, an Elevated High­way from the New Kelani Bridge to Athurugiri­ya will com­mence it con­struc­tion work end of this year, Project Direc­tor of RDA, K. Sel­vanathan said.

He said that the Elevated High­way would be con­structed in two phases.

“The first phase is from New Kelani Bridge to Ra­ja­giriya (6.9 km) and the sec­ond phase is from Ra­ja­giriya to Athurugiri­ya (17.3km),” he said.

The four-lane elevated high­way will connect to the new Kelani Bridge, which is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at Oru­go­dawatte and will connect to the Outer Cir­cu­lar High­way (OCH) at Athurugiri­ya.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, two interchang­es at Dematagoda and Ra­ja­giriya would be made un­der the first phase of the project and another two interchang­es would be made at Koswatte and

Hokandara un­der the sec­ond phase, which will connect to outer cir­cu­lar ex­press­way via Athurugiri­ya In­ter­change.

Mr Sel­vanathan said that the elevated high­way would connect to the other roads through the pro­posed in­ter­change at Oru­go­dawatte link-road to the Base­line Road at Dematagoda, Ra­ja­giriya, Bat­tara­mulla, Koswatte and Hokandara.

“The high­way is aimed to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion within the Colombo City and its sub­urbs by con­nect­ing Colombo com­mer­cial city, Bat­tara­mulla Ad­min­is­tra­tive city and Mal­abe Ed­u­ca­tion Hub, which have been iden­ti­fied as one of the ma­jor axes for de­vel­op­ment over the next 10 to 15 years,” he said.

Mr Sel­vanathan high­lighted that the project was a Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) project and the RDA had short­listed nine pri­vate in­vestors to carry out the con­struc­tion of Phase I (New Kelani Bridge to Ra­ja­giriya) of the project.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact Assess­ment (EIA) for Phase I had al­ready been re­viewed by the Cen­tral En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­thor­ity (CEA).

“We are still in the pro­cure­ment stage and we are plan­ning to ob­tain fi­nan­cial pro­pos­als from the nine in­vestors,” he said.

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Mir­ror Metro, Mr Sel­vanathan no­ti­fied that the RDA will have to ac­quire 78 blocks of pri­vate land for phase one which would be built across new Kelani Bridge to Ra­ja­gairiya.

He said that dur­ing the land ac­qui­si­tion process, a to­tal of 1,100 fam­i­lies, who were liv­ing by the canals need to be re­lo­cated and the RDA was im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures for the re­set­tle­ment pro­gramme as well.

Fur­ther re­fer­ring to the re­set­tle­ment process, he said that the pro­posed lo­ca­tions for the hous­ing units were sug­gested at Dematagoda Ara­maya Place, Mi­hin­dusen­pura, Kolon­nawa and He­na­mulla, Madampi­tiya.

He said that the RDA had ini­ti­ated dis­cus­sions with the Gov­ern­ment for land ac­qui­si­tion and for the re­set­tle­ment pro­gramme.

“The project was planned in 2015 and we hope to com­plete the first phase within two and half years upon com­mence­ment,” he said.

He said that to com­plete Phase I, the RDA had es­ti­mated Rs.33 bil­lion in­clud­ing the main­te­nance cost.

“In­vestors will main­tain the road for a con­ces­sion pe­riod of thirty years, that means af­ter thirty years the in­vestors will hand over the road to RDA for main­te­nance,” he said dur­ing the in­ter­view.

It is pro­posed to form a PPP model for the project af­ter an­a­lyz­ing the con­struc­tion cost, oper­a­tion and main­te­nance cost and toll rev­enue.

“Now we only have to ob­tain the Cabi­net Ap­proval for the pro­posed PPP model,” he said.

Ex­plain­ing the ben­e­fits of the project, he said that the road would ease the traf­fic con­ges­tion of lo­gis­tic trans­port from the har­bour to other re­gions of Colombo.

The road will also re­duce the pre­vail­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion due to the move­ment of con­tainer traf­fic within the Colombo City.

Com­ple­tion of Phase I would also en­able easy ac­cess to the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cap­i­tal, Bat­tara­mulla from Colombo Metropoli­tan area, he said.

The first phase is from New Kelani Bridge to Ra­ja­giriya (6.9 km) and the sec­ond phase is from Ra­ja­giriya to Athurugiri­ya (17.3km)

The high­way is aimed to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion within the Colombo City and its sub­urbs by con­nect­ing Colombo com­mer­cial city, Bat­tara­mulla Ad­min­is­tra­tive city and Mal­abe Ed­u­ca­tion Hub, which have been iden­ti­fied as one of the ma­jor axes for de­vel­op­ment over the next 10 to 15 years

The high­way is aimed to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion within the Colombo City and its sub­urbs by con­nect­ing Colombo com­mer­cial city, Bat­tara­mulla Ad­min­is­tra­tive city and Mal­abe Ed­u­ca­tion Hub, which have been iden­ti­fied as one of the ma­jor axes for de­vel­op­ment over the next 10 to 15 years

FOUR-LANE HIGH­WAY WILL EASE TRAF­FIC CON­GES­TION

INTERCHANG­ES AT DEMATAGODA, RA­JA­GIRIYA, KOSWATTE, HOKANDARA AND ATHURUGIRI­YA

CON­STRUC­TION OF THE FIRST PHASE TO RA­JA­GIRIYA TO COM­MENCE END OF THIS YEAR

TO BE OP­ER­ATED AS A PPP

1,100 FAM­I­LIES LIV­ING BY THE CANALS TO BE RE­LO­CATED

PROJECT DIREC­TOR OF RDA, K. SEL­VANATHAN

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