President opens longest tunnel in Ramboda
The Government of Japan provided 3,078 million Japanese Yen
(approximately 3.1 billion Rupees) towards the construction of the
Gampola-Nuwara Eliya, Gampola-Nawalapitiya roads and the Ramboda tunnel
under its ODA (Official Development Assistance) Loan scheme. The
construction work was completed last year and the Ramboda tunnel was
The country’s longest tunnel at Ramboda was opened by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday. The 225 metre long tunnel was built
at a cost of Rs. 2,000 million under the supervision of Highways
and Highways Development Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle.
According to ministry sources the tunnel comprising two lanes
was completed within 18 months. Pic : Sudath Silva
The project named "Road Network Improvement Project" focused on the
improvement of 54 km long Gampola-Nuwara Eliya road and 17 km long
Gampola-Nawalapitiya road which classified as (B13) and (A5)
respectively in the Central Province in Sri Lanka.
The Ramboda tunnel which has been constructed preserving the scenic
value of the surrounding environment is an alternative to the Ramboda
This 225 meter long tunnel is now the longest one in Sri Lanka.
The rehabilitation of these roads will facilitate easy access and
faster mobility of neighbourhood people to working places, schools and
hospitals in the central areas of the country.
This new road network will contribute to improve commercial
activities and social mobility thereby upgrading the living standards
and economic development in the region.
The Government of Japan has been supporting the implementation of the
projects which range from grass roots to large infrastructure level
throughout Sri Lanka to benefit all communities for over 50 years.
The aim of all the support is to alleviate poverty and to facilitate
self-help initiatives among the people of Sri Lanka in order to achieve
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of
Highways and Road Development and Kiyoshi Araki, Ambassador of Japan
were present at the opening ceremony of the Ramboda Tunnel with other
government officials and local community representatives.