Inauguration of Ampara-Uhana-Mahaoya Road Rehabilitation and Improvement Project
January 26, Colombo (LNW): Under the auspices of the Minister of Transport, Highways, and Mass Media, Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rehabilitation and Improvement project of the Ampara-Uhana-Mahaoya Road (A027) from Keviliyamadu to Mahaoya was launched. The event took place at Mahaoya 69 junction, marking a significant step towards enhancing the infrastructure in the region.
This ambitious project focuses on the 58 km-long road (A027), a vital connection from Mahaoya town through Uhana to Ampara. The completion of the 33 km section from Ampara to Keviliyamadu has been successfully undertaken by the Sri Lankan Government. However, the remaining 25 km stretch from Keviliyamadu to Mahaoya faces challenges with narrow pathways and inadequate drainage systems.
The initiative is made possible through the financial support of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), as part of the Badulla-Chenkaladi Road Improvement Project. The SFD-funded project, with a loan of US$ 60 million, has already facilitated the completion of the 87 km road section from Bibila to Chenkaladi. Now, utilizing the remaining funds, the 25 km stretch from Keviliyamadu to Mahaoya will undergo development in two contract packages, with a total project cost of Rs. 2,977,467,150.87.
The anticipated benefits of this project are extensive, including the creation of an efficient route between Ampara and Maha Oya hospitals, improved transport services for agricultural activities, and strengthened connectivity between Kandy, Mahiyangana, Ampara, and Mahaoya. Additionally, the development is expected to positively impact small towns, enhance transportation for tourists visiting areas such as Pasikuda and Arugambe, and contribute to rural economic development through direct and indirect employment.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Bandula Gunawardhana emphasized the need for a truthful understanding of governance and dispelled misconceptions about the allocation of tax money. He highlighted the economic challenges faced by the country and the efforts made to secure loans for development projects. The Minister urged against resorting to violence to address issues, emphasizing the importance of finding non-violent solutions to the country’s challenges.