Bibile-Chenkaladi section of A-5 road vested with the public
Tue, Dec 28, 2021, 11:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Dec 28, Colombo: The newly upgraded and developed 86.7 km long stretch of the highway from Bibile to Chenkalady was vested with the public today (December 28) under the patronage of Chief Government Whip and Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando.
The 86.7 kilometer section of the Peradeniya-Badulla-Chenkaladi A5 highway under the Badulla-Chenkaladi Road Improvement Project (BCRIP) was developed with a loan worth $60 million from the Saudi Fund for Development.
The BCRIP project will rehabilitate 151.3 km of the A-5 Peradeniya-Badulla-Chenkaladi Road, and is expected to improve road safety, facilitate access to markets, social services, and job opportunities.
The project is considered to be a major booster to the economy by enhancing people’s access to markets and social infrastructure such as schools and hospitals and reducing the travel time due to the reduction of traffic congestion and ultimately reducing the travel cost benefiting passengers and industries.
The feasibility study of the project to develop this stretch of the A5 main road to a two-lane highway commenced in 2014.
The A5 highway from Peradeniya, Badulla to Chenkaladi is 275 km long. Development and upgrading the road had been done in three phases by two construction companies.
The first phase covered the development of a 29 km long stretch from Bibile to Padiyatalawa, The 30 km long stretch from Padiyatalawa to Tempitiya was covered by the second phase.
Under the third phase of the project a 27.7 km long stretch of road from Tempitiya to Chenkaladi was upgraded.
Upgrading the 86.7 km long road from Bibile to Chenkaladi cost Rs 7.2 billion. The Saudi Fund for Development assisted the Lankan government in covering the cost.
A sum of Rs 12.4 million had been paid as compensation for the loss of lands of people in Bibile, Rideemalaiyadda, Padiyatalawa and Mahaoya divisional secretariat areas because of the project.
State Minister of Backward Rural Areas Development and Promotion of Domestic Animal Husbandry & Minor Economic Crop Cultivation, S Viyalendran, CEO of Saudi Fund for Development Sultan Bin Abdul Rahim Al-Marshad, people’s representatives of the district, and officials led by Secretary to the Ministry of Highways RWR Pemasiri were present at the opening today.