Mega Construction Projects To Be Launched By The PM Today 
Posted 7,June

By Chaveendra Dunuwille

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A project to construct five flyovers and a four-lane elevated expressway from the New Kelani  Bridge to Athurugiriya to ease traffic congestion in Colombo and Kandy is scheduled to be  launched by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (07). 

The inauguration ceremony will be held with the participation of a limited number of people as  per the health regulations in place in view of the pandemic. Prime Minister Rajapaksa will  participate at the ceremony via new technology from Temple Trees. 

Flyovers would be constructed at Kohuwala junction, Getambe Junction, overpassing the Slave  Island Railway Station to Justice Akbar Mawatha, Uttarananda Mawatha and another flyover  connecting two overhead bridges. A flyover would be constructed across Beira Lake and Slave  Island to the Bala Daksha Mawatha and another connecting Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha. Cabinet approval has been granted for these constructions. 

The four-lane elevated expressway from the New Kelani Bridge to Athurugiriya is planned to  reduce huge traffic congestion created by vehicles coming from the Southern Expressway to  Colombo and those from Battaramulla, Kaduwela and Aturugiriya to Colombo. It is 16.4 km in  length and estimated cost is Rs 134.9 billion. The construction would be done by the China  Harbour Engineering Company in 36 months. The elevated expressway will start from the New  Kelani Bridge and runs through Kolonnawa, Rajagiriya, Buthgamauwa, Battaramulla, Koswatte,  Pothuarawa, Hokandara to Outer Circular Expressway. There would be inter-exchanges at  Orugodawatte, Rajagriya, Koswatte, Hokandara and at Dematagoda connecting the Baseline  Road. There would be another inter-exchange linking the elevated expressway to the Outer  Circular Expressway at Athurugiriya. 

The Flyover at Kohuwala junction will be constructed with the financial aid from the Hungarian  government at a cost of 2,648 million rupees. The overhead bridge would be of 217.30 m in  length and 9.4 m in width overarching a four-lane road connecting Nugegoda and Kalubowila  controlled by traffic signals. The project is expected to be completed in 22 months. 

The flyover at the Getambe junction will be constructed with the financial aid from the  Hungarian government at a cost of Rs. 9,451 million. It would be 396.70 metres in length and its  branch-flyover would be 285 metres in length. The width of the flyover would be covered in  three segments. The main flyover would be of 9.40 metres in length and counted together with  the branch flyover the total width would be 12.90 metres. The width of the branch-flyover from  Kandy to Peradeniya would be 6.40 meters. In additions the plans have been made to construct  the underway enabling two or three vehicles at once and it comprise a 30 meter long four-lane  iron bridge from Peradeniya to Kandy. The project is scheduled to be completed in 28 months. 

Length of the Flyover at the Justice Akbar Mawatha will be 207 m It would be 8.4 m in width.  Flyover at the Uttarananda Mawatha will be 396 m in length and 10.4 min width. The flyover  connecting the two aforementioned flyovers would be 310 meters in length and 6.9 meters in  width. Total cost for three aforementioned flyovers is estimated at 5,270 million rupees. It is 

planned to be completed in 12 months and construction work of the flyovers would be by Maga  Engineering Pvt Ltd. 

The Flyover across Beira Lake and Slave Island Railway Station connecting Bala Daksha  Mawatha and Chittampalam A Gardner Mawatha is planned to be completed in 12 months. It  will be 360 m in length and 11 meters in width. The total construction cost is Rs 2,730 million  and the work is to be completed by the Access Engineering PLC.