A cycling path is to be constructed connecting the Colombo Port City to Battaramulla, the Government announced today.
Western Province Director of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) Y.A.G.K. Gunatilleke said the initial preparations for the cycling path connecting a number of cities is currently underway.
The proposal, based on a vision of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has been approved by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa together with the State Minister of Urban Development, Coast conservation, Waste disposal and Public Sanitization Nalaka Godahewa.
Chairman of the Urban Development Authority Harsha de Silva and Director General of the UDA N.G.K. Ranaweera have been advised to take necessary measures with regard to the project.
The project targets school students, office workers, local and foreign tourists, and cyclists training for tournaments, and will be constructed in a manner to provide a safe environment for cyclists.
The cycling path which will be constructed from the Colombo Port City entrance to Diyatha Uyana in Battaramulla is 23km in length and between 1.5 to 2.5 meters in width.
Under the first phase, the cycling path will cover a short distance on Galle Road, travel via Baladharsha Mawatha towards the Beira Lake, Gangaramaya, the Colombo City centre and move towards the Viharamahadevi Park.
From the Park it will travel towards the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa theatre to the Independence Square, through the Arcade Independence Square shopping mall and Baudhdhaloka Mawatha to the Borella cemetery.
It will then travel through the Colombo Golf Course bordering the Borella cemetery and Baseline Road, towards Diayatha Uyana in Battaramulla through the marshlands in Kotte. From Diyatha Uyana the cycling path will travel through Diyawanna Oya around the Parliament and return to the Diyatha Uyana.
Under the second phase, the cycling path will commence from Meethotamulla, travel through the Shantha Bastian Mawatha canal road to the Court complex in Hulftsdorp and conclude at the floating market in Fort.
Under the first phase, cyclists will be able to rent cycles at 11 locations along the cycling path and will be permitted to return the cycles to any one of the renting outlets.
The Government hopes to commence the construction of the first phase of cycling path by the end of this year and conclude the project by 2021. (Colombo Gazette)