The first and the 2nd phases of the southern expressway from Matara to Barawakumbuka will be vested in the public today under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Based on this new opening, the passengers from Katunayaka Bandaranaike International Airport can travel from the airport to the Mattala International Airport directly through the expressway.
This is the first highway constructed with high standard and using high technology that is socially and environmental friendly. 20 percent of the entire distance is constructed on columns . The objective of this move is to prevent possible floods in the Matara and Hambanthota districts. The government has spent 168 billion rupees.
Meanwhile, 1,000 rupees will be charged for light vehicles travelling from Hambanthota to Katunayaka of the southern expressway.
950 rupees will be charged from Mattala to Katunayaka and Peliyagoda to Hambanthota.
750 rupees will be charged from Mattala to Kottawa. The charges from Hambanthota to Kadawatha is 900 rupees.
The relevant Gazette Notification to these charges have already been issued.