Dehiwala- Attidiya road project 16 years behind schedule

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By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath
The Dehiwala- Attidiya road development project had been stalled creating hardships to motorists and residents. 


Former Minister of Industries C.V. Gunaratne, who represented the area, initiated the road widening project at a budget of Rs. 420 million in the year 2000 to prevent frequent accidents on the road which was narrow. However, the project has not yet been completed, although more than 16 years have elapsed.


Residents said they had given up their lands for the project in the interest of development but all their hopes were shattered and now they regretted what they did.


They accused that the authorities, who had acquired more land than needed had failed to complete the project. 


The Government had paid Rs.1.2 million to the Ceylon Electricity Board to shift the street lamp posts and re-install them. They said Sri Lanka Telecom had not shifted telephone poles, which now stand on the crown of the road.


In addition they said that the Economic Development Ministry of the previous Government had spent Rs.6 million to lay the bitumen overlay before the completion of the project.  The road often goes underwater for want of storm water drains. Residents and the business community of the Industrial Zone urged authorities to expedite the project as it was used by thousands of motorists.