Construction of Rajagiriya flyover at snail’s pace

Published : 12:48 am  August 26, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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By H.M. Dharmapala & Kusal Chamath   

Completing the flyover project in Rajagiriya has been delayed much to the anxiety of the drivers and residents of the area. 
People said heavy traffic congestion presently experienced at the Rajagiriya junction where three main roads including the Parliament road meet could be avoided if the project was completed soon. 

They said the project launched in 2016 was due to be completed in 2017. 

Several drivers said heavy traffic was experienced at the Rajagiriya junction, which was a main entry point to the Colombo city. 
They expressed concern about the hardships facing them and the waste of fuel due to traffic congestion. 

They said several individuals who inspected the project had made representations to President Maithripala Sirisena who instructed the Spanish company to expedite construction work on the project. 

M. Merrill Perera, a trishaw driver, said a journey through Rajagiriya junction was an ordeal. He said the fare for hires was not worthy of the petrol consumption. 

“The employees of government and private institutions often hire trishaws to get to their offices on time when buses are held up in traffic. This compels us to drive along pavements which is illegal,” he said.