The primary objectives of the Project are to (i) facilitate and act as a catalyst for development in the economically deprived southern region by constructing a new southern highway linking Colombo with Galle, the capital of Southern Province, and Matara; and (ii) produce a sustainable and quantifiable reduction in the country's very high road accident rate. The secondary objective is poverty reduction within the immediate project area, where more than 30% of the population is classified as poor, and within the south of the country generally.
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