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Road network in Kolonnawa to be upgraded in next three months – Minister Dr. Bandula

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A regional road network including inner access roads in residential areas in Kuruniyawatta, Kolonnawa will be upgraded within the next three months,” Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana said yesterday.

According to a special request of the SLFP Chief Organizer of Kolonnawa Ajith Subhasinghe, Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana joined an observation of the roads which are in dilapidated condition in the Kolonnawa urban area.

There, former Local Government representatives and candidates made the Minister aware about the roads that are currently in a dilapidated condition in the respective areas. The Minister emphasized that the construction of the relevant roads will be completed on priority basis under the Provincial Council allocations and Budget allocations.

Then, the representatives including the Minister engaged in a special observation in the area and listened to the problems of the residents in Kolonnawa Kuruniyawatta Second Lane and Kittampahuwa Canal road.

The main access road to this area, which is about ten feet wide, bordering the canal, has now become dilapidated and cannot be used by any vehicle.

The residents of the area pointed out to the Minister that the road bordering the canal is completely submerged during floods. Since the road is located on the border of the deep canal it is very unsafe for children living in the area.

Even though people who have been living in this area  have made requests from various parties from time to time, no solution has been given by the relevant authorities. After observing all these places, the Minister emphasized that under the rural road development plan to be started in the future, the road bordering the canal will be rehabilitated within three months.

Several roads in Kolonnawa Salalihini Mawatha, Canal area, which are constantly erosion due to floods and other reasons, were observed by the Minister.

At that time, the Minister also exchanged ideas with the local residents of the respective areas and stated that the necessary steps will be taken to rehabilitate this road within three months under the rural road development programme to be started in the future.

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