Second phase of the Central Expressway to be completed by November

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The second phase of the Central Expressway project from Mirigama to Kurunegala under the supervision of 16 local contractors will be completed before the end of November, the Project Direct V. Mohan says.

All the landowners, whose land and buildings were taken over for the massive Central Expressway project (CEP), which commenced in January 2017, have been paid compensation fairly, the official said. The government has paid Rs. 4,661,903,248 to the owners as compensation for the lands and buildings acquired by the government for the project.

The Central Expressway project has been implemented in four stages; from Kadawatha to Mirigama (37 km), Mirigama to Kurunegala (39.28 km), Pothuhera to Galagedara (32.5 km) and Kurunegala to Dambulla (60.3 km).

Of the four sections, construction work of the second stages from Mirigama to Kurunegala commenced on January 16, 2017 by four local construction companies, while construction work on the second stage has been granted to four local construction companies. Accordingly, construction work of all four stages are in progress.

Once opened the time to travel the 39-kilometer section will take 20 minutes. The expressway is expected to improve accessibility between capital Colombo and Northern, North Central, Eastern and Central Provinces.

The second phase of the expressway from Mirigama to Kurunegala, is expected to be vested with the public before the end of November.

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