One hour Colombo-Kandy ride on toll road - Work on Expressway to begin soon: Jeyaraj

  • 5 Mar 2006 12:58:45 GMT

    AnuD : Of course you are right.

    His cousin or nephew her served as an officer in

    SLA and who happened to allegedly shoot himself

    in the foot & rushed to Colombo when such an

    injury could have been treated where he was posted at the time in the Jaffna Peninsula will have more to tell you if he dared to speak.

    Because, the very next day this camp was attacked. The junior officer present was a Kotelawala academy graduate.

    Disgusted, he is no mmore serving the SLA. Deserted & sought assylum.

    For the sake of politics & power, you throw caution to the winds. Infilterated through & through & yert continues.

  • 5 Mar 2006 16:21:25 GMT

    Aiyo

    were we able to extend the rail lines built by Sudda fellows

    What r we talking. Nonsense

    Yeah I saw 2 days ago the fast development taking place in Delhi. Jayrajh Fernando pulle should go there and stay couple of days there to see and take advises

  • 5 Mar 2006 16:48:45 GMT

    ((((This new road will enable a one-hour drive between Colombo and Kandy and is expected to substantially improve the hill capital`s tourism potential.))))

    Tourists coming to SL want to travel along the traditional ways that give them a glimpse of the natural beauty and the landscape of the hill country. The kadugannawa pass is a spectacular natural beauty and the vicinity brings some refreshment to youe mind and emotions. These are all importantant elements in Tourism which is called the `Experience Economy`.

    Rushing the tourists on a speedway to the hill country curtails the experience that the tourist is looking for.

    This highway does not serve any significant facility to the Tourist industry.

    Most probably will be used by businesses to expedite their daily commute at a cost.

    Fairplay

  • 5 Mar 2006 18:46:46 GMT

    Three things are important to a country`s economic development. Political stability, a good infrastructure and a capable workforce.

    We do have a capable work force.

    Since 1983 the is no political stability. Hopefully a carefully handled peace process will bring the tigers to a democratic process bringing economic progress not only to the southern provinces but also to the rest of the country.

    General infrastructure has been deteriorating since late 60`s but lately has been improving gradually. A reliable train lines are still missing. Due to the introduction of cellular networks telecommunication has improved. Building expressways will certainly complete another part of it, communication. Well laid expressways help to get the produce to the ports and market with less spoilage of produce among others. It is in no way build with the intention of getting the tourist fast to Kandy as it is been reported.

    We have been lacking these expressways all these years. Initially one was to be built in the sixties, but due to political haggling and kickbacks received they were

    on-and-off up to now. I do sincerely hope that this time it will not be discontinued whoever comes in to power after the present president. A well known architect recently suggested to replace the Colombo-Katunayake express way plan with a Colombo-Anuradhapura-Trinco expressway and have connections to it from Katunayake and Kandy. I personally think this is a better idea. I would also say that connections to Jaffna and Batticaloa would have been also useful. However, it seems too late for such a modification now.

    Immediately after the Tsunami there was a report saying that the US will fund a extension of the Colombo Matara rail road up to Batticaloa. This would have improved the economy of that part of the country. I haven`t read anything about that since then. The authorities should pursue that with the US government and implement it as well soon.

  • 5 Mar 2006 19:39:01 GMT

    Fairlplay,

    I think your being silly. I dont think just because its written in a book its practical. Thats what is the whole problem with lanka. Are we ever short of educated people. No. But we lack practical thinking. We try to work accordign to the books.

    I was travelling in Lanka with a good friend of mine from France and she was sleeping all the way to Kandy as the journey was too long. Sh eloved everything about the country except for the roads and the bad driving.

    I was also in Malasia. And I was highly impressed with the way they have built those highways. I think toll roads are a brilliant idea. if the tourists wanan see the beauty they will take the old road since there will be less traffic once the highway is built. But there are maybe at least 200000 people on Kandy road. they need to get there quickly. Imagine if we can save 2 hrs of travel time for every one of these people.

    Stop Critisising. Fernando pulle will earn some big buck out of this project just like chandrika did out of the air lanka deal. but in the long run the country will make lot more money and it will develop fast. We need Roads!

  • 5 Mar 2006 19:53:26 GMT

    Fairplay and ReyBeez,

    I think you both have decent factors to make a point of the highway.

    Some tourists do like to obeserve the surroundings on the way to the destination thus would prefer to take the arduous long journey that takes 4 hours. But on the other hand some tourists do prefer to be at the destination in quick time and get on with other matters so for those people highway is a good option so as far as the tourists are concerned they have an option to select which raod that they wish to be taken to the journey.

    However highway will definitely build bridges for the business thus economic development therefore a good choice.

  • 5 Mar 2006 21:41:44 GMT

    STOP TALKING PLEASE. WE HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT HIGHWAYS FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS AND STIL NOT A SINGLE ONE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

    IT IS A NECESSITY NOT A LUXURY, SO GET ON WITH THEM PLEASE.

  • 5 Mar 2006 23:34:08 GMT

    We have been talking more than 10 years about this topics. There is no argument that Sri Lanka needs at least 5 highways, Colombo-Hambantota, Colombo-Kandy, Colombo-Jaffna via A`pura, Colombo-Badulla via Rantapura and Colombo Batticaloa.

    There are many srilankan companies operating in foreign countries including USA, Canada, EEC and Scandinavian countries they wish to invest money in Sri Lanka.

    As a habit SL government go behind donors for these types of investments.

    If we can develop infrastructure of the country, specially road network, water, power and communication Sri Lanka can achieve most of targets easily.

  • 6 Mar 2006 00:10:52 GMT

    Sri Lanka lacks transport infrastructure and there is no doubt about that.

    Today tourists are spending in excess of 4-5 hours to go from the airport to their point of interest.

    Though there is some truth in what Fairplay says, many tourist would like not to spend too much time on travelling. If they want to have a long driving experience, they could still do by choosing the traditional route.

    However, its not going to be one hour. Because UNP started it, this GOSL abandoned the Colombo-Katunayake highway even after the landfilling had alreday been done. It takes one hour to go to Katunayake from Colombo. Then an hour from there to Kandy.

    In any case, better than nothing.

    But..........

    I hope that its not another annaouncement only for the elections; like the Southeren airport...

    Kula

  • 6 Mar 2006 05:02:24 GMT

    So the current speed limit of 70kmph will also be increased to at least 116kmph to reach Kandy in at least in an hour!