Sri Lanka has applied for a loan from the Asian Development Bank to rehabilitate and improve 170km of road under the Northern Road Connectivity Project. The Road Development Authority has opened bids for ten sections of road from Dambulla to Mullativu. Much of this road work passes through formerly LTTE territory including the hard-fought stretch between Mankulam and Mullativu.
“We have been told it will cost 500 million dollars. It is not in our country assistance strategy at the moment,” ADB’s country director Richard Vokes told LBO.
The ADB is currently funding a Southern Expressway project. Recently a University of Moratuwa report found subpar construction on 28 out of 73 bridges tested, requiring complete overhaul or reinforcement.