The government presented a supplementary estimate in Parliament yesterday seeking nearly Rs 11 billion for the development of roads in the country.
It was claimed that an additional Rs 400 million is needed for one section of the Southern Highway project. According to the supplementary report this amount will be spent as capital expenditure for the section from Kottawa to Kurundugahahatekma.
The government is also seeking to spend additional Rs 5 million for the Colombo Kandy Highway and Rs 3 million for the Northern Expressway.
A sum of Rs. 819 million was sought to be spent for various road network projects, rehabilitation projects and capacity building and training projects.
A further Rs. 1.6 billion is needed to be spent for various improvements of roads in several provinces. Under this Rs. 400 million is to be spent for the Colombo District, Rs 300 million in Gampaha, Rs 310 million in Kandy, a total of Rs 150 million for Southern province and Rs 80 million for road development in Mannar.
In Addition Rs 5.5 billion is to be spent for bridges and Rs 2 billion for rebuilding disaster affected roads including the roads that were damaged as a result of the 2004 tsunami.
The report on the supplementary proposal said the additional amount sought was Rs 77 billion that has already been allocated in the annual estimate 2009 was insufficient. The report said a considerable amount of additional allocation was required due to restructuring of some road projects funded by foreign aid with related domestic funds. The relevant donors have given their concurrence for additional allocations of foreign aid related domestic funds requirement is inevitable, the report said.
Government said additional allocation is also needed to settle the bills for the rehabilitation of roads which are damaged due to heavy rains in the recent past. Facilitating accessibility and mobility requirements is necessary for the implementation of programmes such as Nehenahira Navodaya and Uthuru Wasanthaya was another reason given for the supplementary estimate.
It was also pointed out that the allocation made for the year 2009 is highly inadequate considering the annual expenditure incurred within the first seven months of the year and the number of bills that had to be settled for the completed work.