Moves to reduce traffic congestion by next month

Colombo_traffic_lgThe Government is to take short term measures to reduce traffic congestion in Colombo by next month, Parliament was informed today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that a good public transport system must be in place to meet the transport needs of the public.

He said that once that is done, measures can be taken to reduce the number of vehicles entering the city.

The Prime Minister said that there are too many vehicles on the roads of Colombo and if the traffic congestion issue is not resolved then the public will need to start using helicopters.

Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne said last week that the Government has identified heavy road congestion as one of the major issues facing Colombo.

Wickramaratne said that 500,000 vehicles entering Colombo daily is neither eco-friendly nor an efficient means of getting from home to work or school. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. All big talk only. In and round Colombo how many Kilometers of roads has the state built in tha last 67 years?
    When a country developes more people will buy vehicles so staart building roads.

  2. PM is going to ease traffic congestion in Colombo in one month. Every day 500,000 vehicles supposed to be entering Colombo City and how is he going to reduce this by moving people in and out of Colombo. The Question is by Sea or by Air ?. Sensible answer to this serious traffic congestion is to offer government services to the community in district levels. And develop Essential services as Health and education facilities in other Major Cities. Once this is done people need not come to spend their time in Colombo.

  3. One solution to our traffic which is not as much as developed countries is use of proper computer controlled traffic lights. These lights need to be installed at each even small junctions. And at major junctions CCTV to command center where inputs manually done to fine tune the system. These systems may cost as much as cost of building roads. Government need to invest on these systems to reduce traffic.

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