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The Colombo-Kandy Highway By Malaysian Consortium
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 8:38 PM SL Time

A Malaysian consortium of contractors led by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will build the RM1.1 billion (US$296.1 million) Colombo-Kandy highway in Sri Lanka.
Works Minister S. Samy Vellu on Monday said Kuala Lumpur and Colombo would enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the proposed project soon.

The privatised project under the build-operate-transfer concept, would involve the construction of a 98km highway between Colombo and the town of Kandy, Samy Vellu told reporters after meeting visiting Sri Lankan Minister of Commerce, Trade, Market and Highways Jayaraj Fernando Pulle here.

`This project is the first highway project in Sri Lanka to involve Malaysian construction industry players. The MoU to be signed will pave the way for the award of the project to the CIDB-led consortium,` he said.

`It is undeniable that this project is of great value and is extremely important for the economic growth of Sri Lanka. The direct and immediate contribution of the highway is to significantly boost the revenue inflows for the Sri Lankan tourism industry as, with the highway, visitors are more inclined to visit the beautiful resort town of Kandy.`

Meanwhile, Pulle said the MoU was first signed in 2003 but because of the change of government in Sri Lanka, the MoU will be signed again soon.

`The Colombo-Kandy Highway is the main highway in Sri Lanka. Sometime back minister Datuk S. Samy Vellu signed the MoU to do the highway. After the change of the government, we will continue with the same project, we will not abandon the project. We are here to confirm the implementation of the project,` he added.

The Sri Lankan government also requested Malaysia to help upgrade the 120km Jaffna Road which links Vavunia-Killonochi-Mullathivu in the northern province.

`Vavunia, Killonochi and Mullathivu are Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam`s (LTTE) territories and they have requested the government to build the road in their territories after talks on the Ceasefire Agreement held in Geneva last Friday,` said Pulle.

`They were telling me that for the last 30 years, nobody has done anything in their areas, especially regarding roads. They are badly in need of this new road,` he added.

Samy Vellu said the upgrading work on the 120km road would be undertaken once the MoU was signed. CIDB officials would be sent to Sri Lanka to further discuss the matter.

Present at the meeting at the Works Ministry were Sri Lankan High Commisioner to Malaysia C.D Casie Chetty, Chief Minister of Sabaragamuwa Province Mahiepala Herath and Secretary of Highway, Ministry of Highway Sri Lanka S. Amarasekera.

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1 Mar 2006 12:05:49 GMT  Report for Abuse   
I wish and pray that this project comes through. At present the journey between Colombo and Kandy, a mere 110km is a virtual nightmare, takes more than 4 hours and so many near misses with accidents. And hope our locals get used to the concept of Highways and keep away from putting up boutiques and stalls on the road sides. More importantly no political meetings, digging up to errect pandals and processions on highways.
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During the times of any election in SL the people get the opportunity of hearing about fantastic projects which at least gives the people the opportunity of visualising in the minds eye what SL can be! Unfortunately it will never be!
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I guess the minister who is involved in this project will become a billionaire and the contractors Millionaires and the people will end up with nothing.
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Entirely deleted !!
Edited By - KURAL - 3 Mar 2006 01:35:01 GMT
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2 Mar 2006 18:35:30 GMT  Report for Abuse   
@Kural: As evident from your post, it can be concluded that you are an idiot.

According to retards like Kural, its the governments duty to fix all the LTTE problems.

So this is the new order these dirty tamils (such as Kural) want, the Sinhalese to be their b!itches to slap around.

All the rhetoric that we see and hear day in day out about 'Self-determination' and supposed 'oppression' that has been preached for the last 30 years without cessation, is nothing more than BS, produced by deluded mental patients fulfilling New Delhi's objectives to counter the Indian states fears and jealousy. Behind all the lies and subterfuge, Tamil 'oppression' in reality is nothing more than a manifestation of long standing feelings of inferiority (which dates back a few millennia to Tamil heritage/ Dravidian ancestry).


Some of you tamils (e.g. Kural and the web tigers here) are just pathetic, plain and simple.

You b!tch and whine, complaining about everything like a bunch of bigots, while spreading lies to counter your insecurities to create a false sense of importance. You've done this so much that you actually believe you're on some kind of pedestal above everyone else.

Just look at this site, you only want it to be another propaganda outlet for your 'cause'. It's like your desperately trying to hold onto the monopoly you run on the Internet regarding all sites/articles which pop up about Sri Lanka. You don't want to listen to the Sinhalese people here, we have also suffered greatly from the war.

What it boils down to is that after centuries of insecurity and inferiority, which you have no one else to blame for but yourselves, has been bottled up and expressed in Sri Lanka. You want to wipe out every non tamil here, and have the entire island for Eelam.

I'm sick of seeing this shiit go around that Sinhalese treat Tamils badly, we made mistakes, but those days are over, we've paid a heavy price and even now are bending over backwards to accept the demands of racist AK totting madmen living in rat holes. But there are those ultra racists who can't accept the truth.

I just await the LTTErs to come here, twist around what I say and cry foul, branding me a JVP/JHUer/ Sinhalese chauvinist. Just watch.
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It is the same as Mr De Silva's comments on the CFA - but you did not see anything imaginary about that one.

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