With an end to internal conflicts in the Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka, the government recognized the importance of construction of an expressway bridging Northern and southern parts of the country. At the initial stage, Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) decided to construct the Northern Expressway from Colombo to Dambulla including an expressway link to Kandy as a part of the proposed Expressway Network of Sri Lanka.
The Central expressway section-1 is a combination of selected segments of previously proposed two Expressways. The segment from Kadawata to Gampaha remains the same alignment on previously proposed Colombo – Kandy Alternate Highway (CKAH) trace (2001 – 2011) and Beyond Gampaha, the trace is the Northern Expressway trace (2011 – 2014) up to Dambulla and Kandy (Galagedara). After that GOSL decided to change the starting point of the NEP and also to implement with the assistance of Donor Agencies. Then it was decided to change project name as Central Expressway in 2015.
With this view, as per directions of GOSL, the Consultant, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lankacarried out a feasibility study in Amalgamation of two feasibility studies (CKAH&NEP) is in progress. Accordingly, this expressway was proposed to commence from Kadawatha on Colombo Outer Circular Highway (E002) and ends at Dambulla on Ambepussa – Kurunagala – Trincomalee Road (A006 Road); with an expressway link to Kandy which commences from Potuhera and ends at Galageda on Katugastota – Kurunagala – Puttalam Road (A010). The expressway passes through the main towns such as Gampaha, Mirigama, Nakalagamuwa, Potuhera, Kurunagala, Ridigama,Melsiripura and Galewela; and the Kandy Link passes through Rambukkana and Naranwala.
|DEATLED ENGINEERING DESIGN & DESIGN REVIEW||
|PROCUREMENT OF CONSULTANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION CONTRACT||
|1||Feasibility Study||Amalgamation of two feasibility studies (CKAH&NEP) Draft final report was submitted & Under review by TEC||University of Moratuwa|
|2||Topographical surveying||In progress||-|
|3||Environment Impact Assessments (EIA)||CEA requires to have one EIA report incorporating previous studies Draft report was Submitted and it is under review by TEC||University of Sri Jayawardanapura|
|4||Resettlement Action Plan||Amalgamation of two resettlement action plan(CKAH &NEP) is in progress||Proposal submitted|
|5||Bore hole investigations||Completed for preliminary designs||More investigations are to be done for Detailed designs by the contractor|
|6||Hydrology study||Field inspection done by the SLLRDC and hydrology model analyze is in progress||Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation (SLLRDC)|
|7||Preliminary designs||Out of 37.09 km 34.47 km submitted to the Survey Department||Balance to be submitted by Kandy Designs office, RDA|
|8||Detailed Designs||-||To be done by the Contractor|
|9||Land Acquisition||In progress (22 %)||To be done by the Contractor|