Karapitiya fast developing as hub, but traffic comes to a halt | Daily News

Karapitiya fast developing as hub, but traffic comes to a halt

Expansion of the road network in Karapitiya has not kept up with expansion of infrastructure. Picture by Mahinda P. Liyanage, Galle Central Special Corr.
Expansion of the road network in Karapitiya has not kept up with expansion of infrastructure. Picture by Mahinda P. Liyanage, Galle Central Special Corr.

Traffic congestion in Karapitiya, fast emerging as a sub-township of Galle, has been aggravated as the existing road network cannot cope with the additional state and private institutions now located in the area.

A large number of massive constructions erected by both the state and private sectors in recent months and many more such massive projects in the offing in Karapitya have contributed to this problem as concurrent expansion of the road network to keep up with the expansion of infrastructure has not taken place.

Over 250,000 people visit Karapitiya Teaching Hospital each day and vehicles travelling to hospital exceed 5,000. The number further increases with about 600 doctors’ cars on that route.

Residents say that although a large number of government and private institutions including banks, insurance firms, private hospitals and clinics are now located in Karapitiya, none of these buildings have proper parking facilities. No development of the roads has been implemented to suit the increase of new institutions. The authorities have failed to formulate and implement a well-planned traffic strategy to rectify the concurrent traffic congestion in Karapitiya, they claim.

A number of discussions and several workshops have been conducted with the relevant authorities and people’s representatives on various occasions on the issue. However, no proper action has been taken to remedy the traffic problem, weary residents say.

When contacted, Galle Mayor Priyantha Sahabandu said none of the new buildings have construction plans ratified by the Galle Municipal Council.

Presently, construction of a 14-storey children’s and maternity hospital, 10-storey clinical surgery unit, a mega dental surgery and 12-storey cancer ward complex are being constructed at Karapitya Hospital with no proper vehicle parks planned for them.

Karapitiya Hospital Committee members commenting on the situation said that there is severe traffic congestion during the rush hours of the morning, afternoon and evening. They also said that there was no adequate cadre of police officers attached to Karapitiya Police post to control traffic movement in the area.

The people urge the authorities to take immediate measures to rectify the problem before the opening of the Maternity Hospital which is fast coming up, and would worsen traffic congestion three to fourfold.


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