Sri Lanka: Actual Cost of Highways

by Amal S. Kumarage

( December 19, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The article is written to provide a professional insight to the continuing debate on the cost and benefit of highway development in Sri Lanka. The allegation and the defense both seem to be misleading the public on the actual facts. Since this issue has become the focus of political and public discussion today, I have decided to share with the public to the best of the information that is available to me, the results of a rigorous analysis of road construction costs in recent years.

This analysis is based on three approaches. First it compares costs of local road projects internationally for similar constructions especially in other developing and in particular Asian countries. Secondly it compares the increase in costs for similar projects in Sri Lanka over time and thirdly it compares between different types of contracts awards- especially focusing on a new strategy of dispensing with competitive bidding. This analysis has arrived at the following conclusions:

Read the complete article here;

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Professor Amal S. Kumarage (PhD) is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Senior Professor in the Department of Transport & Logistics Management at the University of Moratuwa. He is also the former Chairman, National Transport Commission and the current International Vice President of the global body of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT).



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