Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the construction of the Central Expressway will ensure good infrastructure stretching from Hambantota to Kandy, growing the economy and creating jobs.
The Prime Minister expressed these views while making an observation tour at the construction site of the Central Expressway yesterday.
The construction of the expressway from Kadawatha to Dambulla via Kurunegala under Central Expressway Project (CEP) will be completed in four stages.
The four stages in the Phase I of the CEP are: Stage 1 – Kadawatha (0.0km) to Meerigama (37.1km), Stage 2 – Meerigama (37.1km) to Kurunegala (76.8km) and Ambepussa link road (9.3km), Stage 3 – Pothuhera (0.0km) to Galagedara (Kandy) (32.5km) and Stage 4 – Kurunegala (76.8km) to Dambulla (137.1km).
The Prime Minister inspected the construction work of the second stage at Boyagane in the Mirigama to Kurunegala section. Afterwards, he inspected the construction work of the expressway in the Gatttuwana area in Kurunegala. He also observed the construction work in Mirigama.
Among the roads networks in the island, the Central Expressway takes prominence on different aspects when compared with other road projects.
Once completed the Central Expressway is expected to connect two harbors and two airports in the country and lead to the development of the Northern part of the country including the North Western Province, the North Central Province, the Central Province, the Northern Province and the Eastern Province enhancing investment opportunities.
The project will improve the efficiency of the transport system and the social and economic condition of the area and the reduction of poverty of the people.
The Premier after inspecting the project instructed the relevant authorities to expedite the construction work.
Minister of Highways and Higher education Lakshman Kiriella also participated in the observation tour.