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Construction work of the proposed light railway system would begin at the end of next year, the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry said yesterday.

Ministry Additional Secretary Madhawa Waidyaratna said that seven railway tracks had been identified by the ministry under the proposal.

Meanwhile, it was announced that the feasibility study on one railway track had been concluded and the construction work would begin soon with funds from Japan.

The ministry expects to construct the rest of the six lines under three packages as a Private Public Partnership (PPP).

According to the proposal one line with a total distance of 33km would be constructed from Ragama to Kirulapone via Kadawatha, Fort and Bambalapitiya.

The 28.3km long second line would be constructed from Kelaniya to Moratuwa via Dematagoda, Borella, Narahenpita and Nugegoda.

The 22.3 km long third line would be constructed from Hunupitiya Tire Junction to Kottawa via Koswatta.

Mr. Waidyaratna said that they will select six foreign companies from 17 that had submitted tenders for the project.

The ministry had allowed these companies until the end of February 2019 to submit their bids for the project.

Mr. Waidyaratna said that with the proposed light railway train system the whole of Colombo and its suburbs would be covered.

He went on to say that after the light rail system comes into operation fully commuters will be able to reach their destinations much quicker while it would also greatly help to lessen heavy traffic congestion in the city and its outskirts. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • wellwisher Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:45 PM

    It will be great if can have one from Getambe to katugastota via Kandy, so we can bring the pollution down caused by CTB and private buses

    wellwisher Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:36 PM

    It will help to keep kandy city unpolluted and traffic free , the cuase of polution and traffic in this city is mainly due to Indian made buses

    Scooby Doo Wednesday, 24 October 2018 05:27 PM

    For the time being if these guys can improve the busses and provide passengers safe and healthy travel experience it would be great. So that many will choose public transportation instead of private.

    abc Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:50 PM

    Now pohottu slaves will says their king thought of it first.

    Royce Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:54 PM

    All talk only the only thing i See is the Nelum Kuluna that has been coming up.

    BUSHEL Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:06 PM

    Yes..Fairy tales. No talk of Foreign exchange

    Johan Wednesday, 24 October 2018 06:46 PM

    Only news when elections are round the corner

    TUK - TUK Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:55 PM

    Once in Operation the TUK TUK - Drivers will try to stop the Trains and Hammer the Engine Drivers. They have to find alternative Income Generation. LRT will be quick economical and should be Card System.

    Unchikun Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:56 PM

    This is very badly needed to reduce the congestion on our roads (built by the British) , reduce pollution and money spent on importing petroleum. However, please let me know when the project commences.

    thushan Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:00 PM

    construction to start by end of next year? then that'll never happen under this government, by end of next year the presidential election and by that time this government will be history..

    ANTON Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:04 PM

    PLEASE FIRST CORRECT EXISTING DERAILMENTS ......PIN SIDDA WAY.

    Ahmed Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:15 PM

    "proposed light railway system would begin at the end of next year" did anyone notice this part on the new article ? please show it by action. we are sicks of talks. you can talk about this after you start the project.

    Indyd Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:31 PM

    So true. Everything is going to start..Never heard of a finished product

    KB Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:52 PM

    Projects with long term vision take time to plan and implement. You can always go down Mahinda’s way and build white elephants and put the country into debt

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 24 October 2018 05:53 PM

    Do not choose any Chinese company. What we need is good quality and not copied rubbish from honest companies without any bribing history.

    Grim Fairy Tale Thursday, 25 October 2018 04:31 PM

    If you are really keen start in 6 months time. These are tried and tested technology.


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