I was traveling towards Colombo on the Colombo Kandy road yesterday. This Colombo Kandy highway which has only two lanes connects the two most important cities of Sri Lanka. So for more than hundred years it is officially the most important highway in Sri Lanka and therefore has the distinction of bearing the A1 route number.
Probably the narrowest spot in Sri Lanka’s most important road!
Even though it has only two lanes for the most part of the A1 route the road is well maintained and broad enough for a two lane both-way traffic road. Most of the towns and even difficult and mountainous spots the road passes through like the Kaduganawa Pass have been widen and in some towns on the route you find four or even six lanes.
However for some peculiar reason one single town or place on the Kandy Colombo road has been missed being expanded sufficiently for a two lane bi directional traffic road. This place is called Higula. This Higula town is located between Kadugannawa and Mawenella towns.
So on my way yesterday, after passing the beautiful scenic road in Kaduganawa I came across the small town of Higula a few Kilometers before Mawenella town. Here are some photographs of this Higula town and narrow road I too using my phone camera. You can see yourself how narrow the road is at this place. If the Government of Sri Lanka and the RDA or Road Development Authority wants they can easily expand the road and reduce a lot of traffic and accidents that happens due to this bottleneck situation in Higula.
This photo show our car entering Higula town from Kandy side. This is the place where the Kandy Colombo road gets narrower.
You can see the traffic block that is always there at this place. Vehicles that approach Higula at 50 to 80 kmph has to virtually drive through the town at a snail pace of less than 20 kmph. As you can see on the below two pictures the car I travel had to stop so that the bus and the crane truck could pass us on the other lane without scrapping the pain on our car.
Higula is therefore a very dangerous spot for vehicles and pedestrians alike being very accident prone.
Higula is also a junction. The road to a famous Buddhist – Hindu Devalaya starts from this place. In the above picture you can see a van trying to turn to that road.
But see the above and below photos. The above photo shows the Kandy Colombo road in the Colombo side before Higula. The below picture shows the size and breath of the road towards the Kandy side of Hijula.
I hope someone who reads this will bring it to the attention of relevant authorities and take action to expand the road. I hope some national newspaper or Sri Lanka television channel in reports this in the “action TV”?