Golden Gateway to Colombo – For First Use Today …. (Pictures Link)

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President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (24) inaugurated the new Kelaniya Bridge, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

The new Kelani Bridge is named as “Kalyani Gold Gate – Golden Gate Kalyani”.

Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said the ceremony would be in line with health guidelines.

Colombo – After the opening of the Katunayake Expressway, the number of vehicles entering Colombo has increased significantly as the main city of Colombo is connected to the road to the Katunayake International Airport.

An agreement was signed in 2014 to build a new Kelaniya bridge as the existing Kelaniya bridge could not compensate for the increase in vehicles.

Former President and current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, as Minister of Highways, signed the agreement that day.

Colombo – Katunayake Highway From the Colombo Complex to the Bandaranaike Roundabout, 6 lanes have been constructed on this bridge and 4 lanes have been constructed from there to Orugodawatta, Ginger Shop Junction and Port Gate.

The bridge is 380 meters long and is built over the Kelani River.

The bridge was built with the financial assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at a cost of 41,435 million rupees.



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