Dehiwela fly-over bridge Existing roads totally neglected and ongoing projects at a standstill

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Mahinda-11 

By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   

Galle road from the Dehiwala Fly-over Bridge to Ratmalana has been in a dilapidated condition at several locations, with broken down sewage gullies and storm water drains. They pointed out that the protective fence at the entrance to the flyover bridge had broken down in accidents, creating further danger. Drivers said they were not able to distinguish the ground lane and the flyover lane at night, and that it resulted in several serious accidents.  
A businessman Laxan Silva said the Galle Road in Dehiwala was an eyesore, due to incomplete development activities.  


“The pavement had been constructed and demolished in a short time under ill-planned development activities, wasting public funds. Haphazard trenching in the Galle Road from Kawdana Road to Siripala Road has created s death trap. Recently a jeep that fell into an unsafe trench veered off the road and crashed into a wayside power transformer, when the driver failed to have a clear view of the on-going excavations in the road. Dehiwala Mount-Lavinia is a tourist area of which the outlook should be spick and span. When questioned about it the officers say that the projects had been left incomplete for want of funds, which is their ready-made answer,” he said.  

 

The pavement had been constructed and demolished in a short time under ill-planned development activities, wasting public funds


CITY-DM-6-12A trishaw driver Priyananda Kumarapeli (34) said they lost hires due to the ongoing excavations and Centre Island that would be constructed under the development project.   


“We have to make a long way to turn the vehicle to the opposite side of the road. This would create heavy traffic congestion in the road. We have made representations at the police meetings and to the municipal council on the hardships faced by us, but to no avail,” he said.  


Residents of the area requested the relevant authorities to complete the ongoing development activities soon and not to leave them dragging on for years.   

 

We have to make a long way to turn the vehicle to the opposite side of the road. This would create heavy traffic congestion in the road. We have made representations at the police meetings and to the municipal council on the hardships faced by us, but to no avail

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