India offers to build a major roadway network linking north and east to south

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India has offered Sri Lanka technical assistance to build a planned roadway network connecting the North and East to the South.

During discussions with Indian Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on Wednesday evening, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has drawn attention to development plans for building a major road network from Jaffna to Mannar, Mannar to Colombo via Kurunegala and Mannar to Trincomalee via Vavuniya.

The Prime Minister said building such a system would aid tremendously in developing the relationship between the Northern and Eastern provinces.

Responding to the Prime Minister, the Indian Minister said India possessed the technology to assist Sri Lanka in building such a roadway system and possessed advanced technology to construct extended roadways in a robust and durable manner.

Gadkari further stated that when compared with other countries, Indian road development technology was more affordable.

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara and the Prime Minister’s staff participated in the meeting.