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Renovation work on the stretch of road from Beragala to Wellawaya via Koslanda of the Badulla District in the Uva Province was inaugurated under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Koslanda junction on 13 August. The 34 kilo meters Beragala Wellawaya road project will be carried out by the road development authority with local funds as envisioned in the Mahinda Chinthana accelerated road development projects.

Developing the infrastructure is essential for the development of a country and the government is dedicated to carry out a massive development project with the aim of ensuring progress of the country in the future. Therefore any person who is loyal towards the motherland cannot underestimate the national development move. President Rajapaksa made these remarks near Haldummulla junction and said some opposition elements are attempting to demean the government's development process. Addressing the gathering the president further said that the present government is the only government that provided benefits of development to remote villages in the country and next aim is to provide each household with pure drinking water and electricity facilities.

People cheered the president at the Haldumulla junction and expressed their gratitude to the president for providing the benefits of development for them.  The president also started the road development work along the Haputale Dambetenne road. 

Beragala to Wellawaya road is known as a narrow road with many sharp bends on the Colombo-Ratnapura-Wellawaya-Batticaloa (A004) route. The stretch will be widened to ease the high traffic congestion while reducing the dangerous nature of the road due to the narrowness and precipitous surroundings. It would be renovated without causing any damage to the historical value and natural beauty of the road. Bridges and box culverts too will be reconstructed along the road.

Meanwhile President Rajapaksa also opened the newly constructed bridge at the Lemasthota along the Wellawaya road. The bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs.126 million.

The Colombo-Ratnapura-Wellawaya-Batticaloa (A004) route is the main road connecting the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Uva and Eastern Provinces. The road will provide many opportunities for people living in the Eastern Province which is currently being developed under the Negenahira Navodaya programme.

Ports, Highways and Shipping Project Minister Nirmala Kothalawala, government ministers, many local politicians and officials were present.

Pix by: Chandana Perera & Nalin Hewapathirana


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