Lack of bidders for RDA's Ayurveda Junction tender:
Snail-paced Cotta Road development, a hassle
Any motorist approaching Colombo along Cotta Road from Rajagiriya has
to face a major inconvenience especially during rush hour, due to the
bridge connecting Rajagiriya with Colombo city being so narrow.
This tapered section of the road even creates huge traffic snarls
beyond Battaramulla and also towards Obeysekarapura as a large number of
passenger buses have to cross this narrow border along with hundreds of
other private vehicles proceeding towards Colombo along this road.
The private buses waiting to pick up a few more passengers at
Ayurveda junction also adds to the confusion as their long wait at the
junction creates more traffic snarls on the Cotta Road.
Motorists and bus crews were relieved when Colombo Municipal Council
took the initiative to improve the Ayurveda roundabout connecting
Parliament drive and Cotta Road to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic,
putting an end to a decades-long nuisance they had to experience on a
Traffic flow towards Colombo improved after the Cotta Road was
widened from Ayurveda roundabout to Borella, but it could not make any
impact on the traffic flow towards Rajagiriya as the actual road section
remained narrow. Even the motorist coming along Obeysekarapura Road and
other by-roads face great difficulty when entering their vehicles to
Cotta Road due to this huge traffic congestion during rush hours.
People, especially those who used to travel in public transport were
happy to see the Road Development Authority taking an initiative to
earmark the lands to be acquired for the widening of the road from
Ayurvedic junction to Rajagiriya junction.
They silently observed the way small stalls along this section of
road were removed step by step to clear the terrain to facilitate the
widening of the road which they thought would help improve the flow of
"Today, after a few months of clearing all these structures we are
yet to see any progress with regard to the widening of this road", a
motorist who daily drove on this road said.
Even the space available for the widening of the road cannot be
properly utilised as the lamp posts have not yet been shifted from their
original places, thus exposing many motorists to accidents.
The long delay in the implementation of the project has made people
uncomfortable. They expect the authorities to implement the project
soon, as a solution for the huge traffic congestion in Rajagiriya.
When Sunday Observer contacted Director Projects, Western Province of
the Road Development Authority, Engineer Selvaratna, he said that the
Road Development Authority has already called tenders for the widening
of the bridge connecting Rajagiriya and Ayurveda junction.
"We called tenders for the widening of the bridge last year but no
contractors have made any bid for that tender.
Therefore, for the second time the RDA called for tenders and is
waiting to award the contract for the widening of the bridge at Ayurveda
junction to facilitate the project", he added.
He said the Road Development Authority is planning to develop this
section of the road to four-lanes due to heavy traffic reported during
"We are planning to have four lanes and two walkways on either sides
of the road to facilitate pedestrians," he added.
"We have cleared everything for the development of this road stretch
to a four-lane; but we can only start work once the contract is
awarded", he added.
He said the objective of the project was to ease the traffic
congestion on this road as most of the bus routes operated along this
He said the widening of the road to four-lanes would cost Rs. 121
million, and Rs. 37.5 million will cost to widen the bridge at Ayurveda
junction. "The Road Development Authority is taking action to implement
this project once the tender procedure is completed", he added.