ECONOMYNEXT - The second phase of Sri Lanka's central expressway from Colombo to Kandy is built by 16 local contractors is already 25 percent complete and is on track to be finished by December 2019, prompting authorities to adopt a similar strategy with the first phase, an official said.
The 39 kilomtre stretch from Mirigama to Kurunegala is being built by 16 contractors starting from multiple locations allowing it to completed fast, Sri Lanka's Road Development Authority Chairman Nihal Sooriyarachchi said.
Local contractors were allowed to build the expressway to give them experience to bid for international projects, he said.
The first phase of the central bank expressway from Kadawatha to Mirigama was held up with the Chinese government delaying the approval of a 1.1 billion US dollar loan.
But the Chinese contracting firm had done about 5 percent of the work with its own funds, he said.
The RDA is now trying to adopt the strategy as in phase 02, to build the expressway from multiple locations.
"We are now talking to the contractor to begin building the phase from six locations," Sooriyarachchi said.
"They can also use local contractors if necessary."
There was also a delay in awarding the contract for the third phase of the central expressway to a Japanese contractor.
Sooriyarachchi said work on the third phase will begin in a 'month or two."
In the meantime access roads were being built to phase 02, so that motorists can start using the 39 kilometre stretch even if the rest of the sections are not yet complete, he said. (Colombo/June06/2018)