Southern Expressway earns record income
The Southern Expressway, which runs from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa, has
earned a record income of Rs. 6.1 million within 24 hours as at April
16, 7 a.m., Deputy Director of Expressway Maintenance and Operation
Division, R.A.D. Kahatapitiya told the Sunday Observer.
He said 20,760 vehicles plied on the Southern Expressway from Kottawa
to Pinnaduwa and vice versa. He said the income is a milestone in the
history of the Southern Expressway and expressed confidence that the
income will increase. Compared to the previous year, the movement of
vehicles via the expressway has increased sharply. The expressway nets
an income of Rs.3 million daily.
He called upon motorists to use seat belts while driving and follow
expressway regulations strictly.
Not wearing seat belts had been the major cause of many accidents on
the expressway he said. The number of accidents has now declined the
Deputy Director said. Around 10,000 vehicles use the expressway daily,
with the number increasing during weekends, Kahatapitiya said.
The Road Development Authority said many people use the expressway as
it takes only one hour to reach Galle from Kottawa.
The Express Highway Traffic Police said a program is in the operation
for the security of the vehicles moving on the expressway.
The Southern expressway from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa (Galle) was opened
by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 27, 2011. The length of this
section of road is 96km and the newly constructed Galle Port access road
of 5km connects this Expressway to Galle.
The travel time from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa (Galle) is about one hour.
The 35 Km road from Galle to Matara is under construction and is
scheduled to be completed this year. Plans are under way to extend the
Southern Expressway up to Hambantota connecting the Mattala
International Airport which was opened by President Rajapaksa.
The Southern Expressway which provides convenient transport
facilities to people also contributes to the national economy
Expressway traffic is being carefully managed to minimise disruptions
to road users, Kahatapitiya said.