Oct 13, 2020

Govt. spent Rs. 1.6 trillion for roads and highways Featured

In the 13 years from 2007 to 2020, governments spent around Rs.1.6 trillion on the highways sector, The Morning learnt.

This has been revealed in the latest performance report of the Ministry of Highways.

The report further revealed that the highest amount of money was spent in 2017.

As learnt by The Morning, the money was spent on highways, national highways and flyovers, and bridges on national highways, according to the Ministry of Roads and Highways’ 2019 Performance Report recently presented to Parliament.

The highest allocation to the Ministry during these 13 years was Rs. 256.5 billion last year (2019).

The report also revealed that the office of the Minister of Roads and Highways received Rs. 60 million last year (2019), compared to the Rs. 27.8 million allocated in 2018.

When contacted by The Morning, Road Development Authority (RDA) Chairman Chaminda Athaluwage said he would have to look into the report to see whether the construction performance was at an acceptable level.


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