Revamped Baladaksha Mawatha to be opened for public use

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By Nabeela Hussain   

Baladaksha Mawatha, a road closed off for public use during the war has been revamped and will be open for public use today (January 29).   


The road which leading from the Presidential Secretariat Office along the Galle Road to Taj Samudra was closed for public use in the 1980’s due to security concerns and has now been revamped and restructured by the Colombo Municipality.   


The Rs. 530 million project has constructed a four lane road from the Beire Lake Basin (near the Presidential Secretariat) connecting to Makeen Markar Mawatha to the rear entrance of the Taj Hotel.   


The 1.5 km long road is set to reduce traffic congestion in the area with motorists having the option of completely by passing the Galle Face Green junction to Pettah and Slave Island.   

 

When the road was closed from public use it was only used as an internal  road along by the military but now that it has been revamped we hope  that we are able to reduce the traffic congestion in the area


“The road initially cut across the former Army Headquarters and was part of the land blocked off as a mixed development project. When the land was to be given away the CMC petitioned for it and were granted enough land to construct a 4 land road along the Beire Lake,” W. D. G Eranda Wickramarachchi, Project Engineer said.   


The official went on to say that 75 percent of the road ran along the West bank of the Beire Lake.   


“When the road was closed from public use it was only used as an internal road along by the military but now that it has been revamped we hope that we are able to reduce the traffic congestion in the area.”   


The construction of the road spanned a little over 1 year, the official concluded.


Pics by Waruna Wanniarachchi   

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