The government plans to resume road constructions that have been halted, Highways State Minister Siripala Gamlath said.
He said that funding will be allocated in the upcoming Budget, ensuring swift completion and delivery to the public.
He expressed these remarks during a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre on the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’ yesterday (18).
He said: “When I took office as State Minister, most of the country’s highway projects had come to a standstill, with significant outstanding payments to contractors totalling approximately Rs.180 billion, equivalent to less than a year’s road construction budget. We’ve already disbursed Rs.151 billion, with Rs. 29 billion left to pay, encouraging some contractors to restart projects. Additionally, we’ve settled a substantial backlog of unpaid arrears accumulated over several years.”