50% of renovation work on A9 Highway completed

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The Government says that 50 per cent of the renovation work on the main north-south A9 Highway has been completed.

The A9 Highway from Kandy to Jaffna runs across seven districts in the country along a 321 km stretch.

The Road Development Authority has said the renovation work of he highway would be completed by mid-next year.

The road stretch between Vavuniya and Omanthai on the highway was not developed for a long period of time due to the war.

The segment north of Vavuniya was under the control of the LTTE during the period of the war and the terrorists collected taxes from the people who used it.

The Government’s Northern Road Connectivity Project (NRCP) is aimed at improving road connectivity in the country’s conflict affected area in the northern region and helping to restore access to basic social service and markets.

The Asian Development Bank has allocated US$ 130 million for the entire project.