The pilot project- Priority lane, which functions dual lanes as priority lanes for passenger buses was initiated at Rajagiriya today with the participation of the Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka.
The project which was introduced as a long term solution for the heavy traffic congestion in Colombo will be conduct as a trial version for a period of one week and will be concluded on March 19. As the first steps the dual lanes between Rajagiriya junction to the Ayurvedic Junction and the road from the Ayurvedic Junction to the Rajagiriya junction would function as Priority lanes.
The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development announced that the entire project was initiated under the advisory of the Prof. Amal Kumarage with the support of the Korean government’s KAICA Institute.
The ministry said that a monitoring team has been created to review the outcome of the project, including officials from the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry, Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka Transport Board, Sri Lanka Police, Moratuwa University, Western Province Passenger Transport Authority and the Colombo Municipal Council.
Introducing the pilot project – Priority lane as a means of reducing the traffic congestion in Colombo and the suburban areas, Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka said the proposed lane concept is a result oriented one and implemented in European.