EU reconstructs Matara-Wellawaya road
The road reconstructed by the European Union (EU) will provide
accessibility to the areas in keeping with the economic development and
the reconstruction of tsunami affected areas. The Matara-Wellawaya
(A002) road will help people by providing more access and preventing
additional costs on fuel and time, Head of Delegation of the European
Commission to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Ambassador, Bernard Savage told
a press conference to hand over the Matara-Wellawaya road.
The Matara-Wellawaya road constructed at a cost of Rs 4.6 billion
from the European Commission to Sri Lanka was handed over by Bernard
Savage to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees last week.
The Matara-Wellawaya road that spanned 158 kilometres was damaged by
the 2004 tsunami. Rehabilitation was carried out through the
implementation of the highest international standards in keeping with
the national requirements which includes road widening, elevation,
improvement of side drains and culverts, reconstruction of damaged
bridges and new bridges as well. Twenty-nine damaged bridges were
reconstructed while eight were constructed. The project improved 46
kilometres of side drains and 190 culverts.
The completion of this road has linked a number of national and
provincial road networks, thereby significantly improving the economic
benefits while strengthening the social and cultural ties between
communities, he said.
In addition to the Matara-Wellawaya road, a 78 kilometre road from
Siyambalanduwa to Akkaraipattu via Pottuvil was undertaken to be
rehabilitated by the European Union with co-financing from the Asian
Development Bank to the tune of Rs. 3.8 billion.
Ministry of Highways and Road Development Secretary Admiral Wasantha
Karannagoda told the media that the transportation system of a country
plays a major role in the development of the country because it enhances
the living standards of people.