Planning of Northern Highway begins

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The planing of the proposed Northern Highway via Trincomalee would be started this year, Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said.

He told the media on Wednesday (30) that the construction work on the Central highways was ongoing, though there was no visible progress during the last few months.

People were thinking that the work on the central highway was abandoned or paused but it wasn’t. The concrete beams of the highway would emerge within the next two months. Currently there were making the land for the construction, the Minister noted.

The government would expedite the construction of other highways connecting the existing road network, Kiriella said adding that the road system of the country would also be upgraded.

The Minister said the village road development projects would be started under the “Road Week” project which was launched during late President Premadasa’s tenure.

Meanwhile 15 new hostels for university undergraduates would be constructed this year, Kiriella noted.

The Minister also assured that the government would not enter into a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India but it would sign an Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETAC) with New Delhi this year.

The agreement would not affect the local professionals and manufacture, Kiriella said.

Referring to the new constitution, Minister Kiriella said that it would be brought within the next six months.

In addition he said, the government would start its second year in power on January 09, and the past year was only a foundation for the heavy work which was scheduled to be done.