Written by Lahiru Fernando
17 Sep, 2015 | 9:51 pm
The Colombo Outer Circular Highway from Kaduwela to Kadawatha, was declared open on Thursday September 17 at the Kadawatha interchange. The event was held under the auspices of Minister of Highways Lakshman Kiriella and the nine kilometre stretch was open for vehicular movement from 9 p.m. onwards on Thursday.
In an interesting turn of events, the ceremony was disrupted when a woman voiced her protest, only to be arrested by police later.
Following the opening, the group, including the subject minister, travelled from Kadawatha to Kaduwela on the 8.9 kilometre long stretch which comprises of four lanes.
Constructed at a cost of Rs.45 billion, the highway is expected to minimise traffic congestion which is commonly seen in the Kaduwela town and the area surrounding the Kelaniya bridge due to the construction of five overpass bridges and the 250 metre-long, six-lane bridge over the Kelani River.
Meanwhile, the Athurugiriya interchange centre of the Colombo Outer Circular Highway was also declared open on Thursday.
With opening of the Colombo Outer Circular Highway section from Kaduwela to Kadawatha, the charges for using the highway have also been announced.
According ot the Secretary to the Ministry of University Education and Highways, B.C.Dissanayake, Rs. 100 will be charged from light vehicles to travel from Kaduwela to Kadawatha while heavy vehicles will be charged Rs. 200/= to travel on the same section of the Highway.
In addition, light vehicles will be charged Rs. 650/= to travel from Kadawatha to Matara while heavy vehicles will be charged Rs. 1750/=.
The Ministry Secretary also noted that the Kadawatha – Matara bus service will also commence from Friday.
The bus fare from Kadawatha to Matara will be Rs. 500. The bus fare from Kadawatha to Galle will be priced Rs. 400.
The Ministry Secretary also noted that a bus will leave from the Kadawatha town every hour, starting from 05:30 a.m. to 09:30 p.m.
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