ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Highways had been given the nod by the cabinet of ministers to seek a proposal from China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (CNTIC) to revive an expressway project running to Ratnapura.
The so-called Ruwanpura Expressway project was awarded to CNTIC, China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation (CATIC-ENG), Human Construction Engineering Group Corporation (HCEGC) and China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC) in 2016 according to reports but there was no progress.
The cabinet had approved the “obtaining a proposal for Phase I of Ruwanpura expressway – phase I from CNTIC establishment and calling for statements of consent on competitive basis for construction of phase II, the state information office said.
CNTIC had also been involved in Sri Lanka’s Southern Expressway extension.
Several Chinese funded projects had stalled during the last administration.
The cabinet had also given the go ahead to seek finance for balance sections of the Central Expressway.
The first section was to be built with Chinese finance, but there has been only partial progress, according to reports. The second section was built by local firms, the third was to be build by a Japanese firm.
Financing for the last phase is also pending. (Colombo/Feb21/2020)