Sri Lanka to call bids for Kandy expressway this month

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka is planning to call expressions of interest to build an expressway to Kandy in central hills this month, Highways Minister Kabir Hashim said.

The ‘Central Expressway’ leading to Kandy would be the first phase of an expressway leading to the Jaffna peninsula.

Request for proposals (RFP) for the Colombo Kandy expressway could be called as early as next week, Hashim said.

The new administration will largely use the existing trace. Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne said the road which was designed to go through Kadawatha by expert advice was shifted to go via Enderamulla to satisfy Basil Rajapaksa, the brother of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was minister of highways.

The new administration had already cancelled several contracts awarded to domestic contractors without competitive bidding to build the rest of the northern expressway from near Kurunegala to Jaffna.

Wickramaratne said the contracts were awarded late last year without any move to build the first section leading out of Colombo towards Kandy. The expressway to Kandy branches of to the north from the Kurunegala area.

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