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President opens Colombo Katunayake expressway

Issuance of first toll gate ticket to the PresidentAerial view of the expressway
 
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared opened the Colombo - Katunayake Expressway (CKE), the 26 kilometre high speed expressway linking Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake to Colombo.

Opening Sri Lanka's second expressway, President unveiled a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the CKE at Peliyagoda and drove his vehicle to the Seeduwa Control Exchange where he paid the toll.

He inspected the video system at the Seeduwa control stations and proceeded to the Katunayake Exchange where he was received by flag-waving school students.

Addressing the occasion the President said with the opening of the highway the government has proven that it can successfully meet any challenge thrown at the government.

He emphasized that the development of a country is gauged by the development of a road network in a country and the expressway declared open today will provide benefits to both the local and foreign people.

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