Attidiya – Kawdana road development work at snail’s pace

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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath  

Residents of the area and the drivers expressed concern about the long delay in completing the Attidiya-Kawdana Road development project. They said the project had been dragging on for more than thirty years turning the road into an eyesore.   


They said the contractors changed under the successive governments and the change of ministers and that it had resulted in a colossal waste of public funds. The public pointed out piles of building materials left to the mercy of the elements and heaps of earth dug up during excavations.  


A resident of Kawdana area and a vehicle owner S.Gunasekara (50) said storm water drains and sewage lines could not be constructed until the road development project was completed.  


“Construction works of storm water drainage system has been suspended and it created a flood threat during heavy rains. We have been affected by the sad state of the road for more than 30 years. Our representations to the authorities of successive governments fell on deaf ears. Attidiya- Kawdana road running through an area of thick population is the shortest access road to the Galle road at Dehiwala. Our vehicles develop constant technical defects and breakdowns due to the dilapidated state of the road. I have to replace the broken spring blades quite often. The road from Pallidora junction to Ambakotuwa junction is not in a motorable condition. The situation further aggravates during heavy rain when the road goes under water.” he said.  

 

Residents of the area requested as their last resort to the Ministry of Western Development and Megapolis to pay attention on irregularities in the project and take step to complete it soon


A trishaw drier Roy De Silva said the trishaw drivers had been compelled to refuse hires on this road to avoid damage to the vehicles.   


“ We transport passengers from Galle road to Attidiya and Nedimala along this road. However it is with great difficulty that we escape accidents when we run zig zag to avoid ruts and pitfalls in the road. Our vehicles develop constant trouble that result in repairs at heavy cost. Although the project has been dragging on for more than 30 years much to the inconvenience of the public, the contractors have been immensely benefitted” he said.  


Residents of the area requested as their last resort to the Ministry of Western Development and Megapolis to pay attention on irregularities in the project and take step to complete it soon.  

 

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