Northern Road Connectivity Project

The Northern part of Sri Lanka was one of the worst affected areas of the country during the brutal civil conflict that ravaged this tiny island for more than 25 years. The 18th of May 2009 saw the end of the bloody conflict that had cost the country thousands of lives both civilian and military alike. The end of the war left the north and east of the country battered and in ruins, somnology
some areas permanently scarred. The north bore the brunt of the fighting and as a result much of its infrastructure and public facilities were either destroyed or in an unusable state. The same could be said of the extensive road network that once existed connecting key areas of the north and east to the rest of the country. The reconstruction and restoration of these roads were of paramount importance for the success of the revitalization projects of the war ravaged north and east where damage to the physical infrastructure has been very severe.
Identifying the vital importance of the road system a plan was drawn for an immediate solution which will help ease the poor mobility between the north and the rest of the island. This new project dubbed the Northern Road Connectivity Project was approved on the 18th of June 2010, website
with a cost estimate of US$ 130 million. The project would be fully funded through a loan granted by the Asian Development Bank.
The Northern Road Connectivity Project will have two main objectives.

 

  1. Promoting a balanced and socially inclusive growth trend while improving the transport system in the island.
  2. Increase the connectivity of the north and east by elimination mobility barriers and allowing room for restoration of basic infrastructure and services.

The project was officially launched on the 22nd of October 2010 and is expected to be completed on the 30th December 2015. The road Development Authority together with the ministry of ports and highways has identified several other key benefits which will result from the project. They are:

 

  • Improved connectivity between the north and south of the country.
  • Restoration and rehabilitation of over 170km of national highways in the north central province.
  • A 20% increase of traffic due to improved road surfaces which in turn will reduce congestion on other roads which will reduce vehicle operation costs.
  • An almost 7% increase in the economic growth of the north and east as well as accelerated development due to the improved logistical situation.