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Six China-led firms on track for 3 light rail projects

19 January 2019 06:35 pm - 18     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Six China-led companies have qualified for the execution of three light rail projects in Colombo, it is learnt.

The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry held talks with the international bidders for the execution of these projects. Among them, six Chinese consortiums, having partnership arrangements with companies from different countries for technology, have qualified.

One light rail project will link Colombo with Moratuwa via Kirulopone, Pepiliyana, Katubedda and Moratuwa. The second will run from Ragama to Kottawa via Kelaniya and Battaramulla. The third one is meant for linking Colombo Fort with Kadawata.

In addition, the main line between Malabe and Colombo Fort will be implemented by a Japanese company under a loan facility from Japan.

The first tranche of US $ 260 million of this loan will be ready for Sri Lanka next month. It is US $ 1.5 billion loan from Japan.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 18

  • das Saturday, 19 January 2019 06:51 PM

    Great! Over to the killer buffaloes to object.

    DrThomas Saturday, 19 January 2019 08:13 PM

    Good. The Carbon Tax income can contribute to help finance implementation of such environmental friendly public transport facilities ..

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 19 January 2019 08:29 PM

    Qualified to pay the highest bribes

    Sanoj Saturday, 19 January 2019 08:40 PM

    Before the negative Nancys comment here, let me say good luck on this! Better times will come for the future generations.

    FOLLOW CORRECT PROCEDURES Saturday, 19 January 2019 08:56 PM

    IT IS A TENDER AGE !

    karthik Saturday, 19 January 2019 09:51 PM

    Come or Go -China come.

    Ajit Saturday, 19 January 2019 11:03 PM

    linking Kadawatha with Colombo Fort is extremely important.

    Mahila Sunday, 20 January 2019 01:00 AM

    Very Good outlook to overcome the Colombo city and suburban Gridlock and save fuel cost

    Ding Dong Bell Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:14 AM

    Why does SL depend on other countries for each and every projects. Why can’t we (our engineers) do it?

    ralli Ameen Sunday, 20 January 2019 09:59 AM

    Because they don't try. Development and research challenge never get into their brain

    CITIZEN Monday, 21 January 2019 07:35 PM

    Because our engineers study freely with tax payers money and fly easily without even staying loyal to country which helps to educate them.

    Dee Sunday, 20 January 2019 11:29 AM

    Best news ever! Next step take those trishaws and rickety old busses off the street.

    Thnx Monday, 21 January 2019 08:38 AM

    Thank you, JAPAN

    Janaka Monday, 21 January 2019 09:44 AM

    Many will leave the cars home and go by train if the service is good...

    Robert Abayasekara Monday, 21 January 2019 10:59 AM

    What about a light rail from Negombo to Colombo via Jaela and Wattala? In 2003 there was a plan to electrify the railway from Negombo to Panadura. In 2005 Chandrika's govt revived this project. Now nobody talks about it. Seems like long John and the UNP are very sure of the Catholic voters, which might turn out to be a major mistake in the next round of elections.

    Robert Abayasekara Monday, 21 January 2019 11:01 AM

    What about a light rail from Negombo to Colombo via Jaela and Wattala? In 2003 there was a plan to electrify the railway from Negombo to Panadura. In 2005 Chandrika's govt revived this project. Now nobody talks about it. Seems like long John and the UNP are very sure of the Catholic voters, which might turn out to be a major mistake in the next round of elections.

    Lion Monday, 21 January 2019 08:22 PM

    We have been taken on rides by the politicians for so many decades. We waited for fuel at peasrle during the time is Sirimvo then we were taken to a another dream land by JRJ by announcing our problem of employment would be over with the commencement of free trade zones but the promice became hollow in the years to come. Then again with the project mahavali we taken again to the dream land saying that we will be self sufficient in rice production.This is a short story of our politicians who is still taking us to the dream land.

    TONY Monday, 21 January 2019 09:38 PM

    CHINESE WORKERS SWELLING WITHOUT ANY AGREEMENT


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