Common service corridors proposed to avoid frequent road digging

Common service corridors have been proposed to avoid frequent road digging, especially in Colombo.

Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament today that roads are often dug by state institutions like the Ceylon Electricity Board or Water Board to repair or place new lines.

He noted that this is a costly process and also causes inconvenience to the public.

City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the lack of common service corridors is the main reason the roads are frequently dug by different institutions.

He said that like in countries like Singapore there needs to be common service corridors so that the roads are not dug everytime a repaid or a new power or water line needs to be placed.

Karunanayake said that he was willing to discuss with Hakeem setting up common service corridors as a long term solution to the issue. (Colombo Gazette)

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