Speaking to journalists after inspecting the construction work on the project, the Prime Minister said that once completed, the expressway will help reduce the travel time between Colombo and Kandy and also help develop towns along the way.
He said that tourist arrivals to Kandy is expected to increase once the Central Expressway is completed.
The Prime Minister said that steps are already being taken to further develop Kandy to meet the tourist demands.
Wickremesinghe also noted that the second stage of the Central Expressway project is being carried out by local contractors.
He said that usually Sri Lanka looks to China or Japan to construct highways or expressways but with local companies now involved, Sri Lanka will be able to bid for foreign highway projects in future. (Colombo Gazette)