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Malabe to Pettah Light Railway System:

Construction to begin in April

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka looks on as Oriental Consultation Global General Manager Ryohei Ishii and Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary N. Rupasinghe exchange copies of the agreement yesterday.  Picture by Gayan Pushpika
Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka looks on as Oriental Consultation Global General Manager Ryohei Ishii and Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary N. Rupasinghe exchange copies of the agreement yesterday. Picture by Gayan Pushpika

Preliminary construction work on the proposed Light Railway System from Malabe to Pettah will commence next month, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

The cost of the project is US$ 2,200 million, of which the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) has funded a soft loan facility of US$ 1,850 million.

A Japanese company, Oriental Consultation Global has been selected for the consultation of the project and the MOU for consultation service was signed by its General Manager Ryohei Ishii and the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry Secretary N. Rupasinghe at the Ministry, in Battaramulla yesterday.

Speaking to the media after signing the MOU, Minister Ranawaka added that the Light Railway System has been identified as the most appropriate mode of urban transportation to reduce traffic congestion in Colombo.

“The introduction of a Light Railway System and streamlined public transportation system are identified as the most productive ways to minimise traffic congestion in Colombo. These methods are the most efficient and speedy remedies in this regard,” the Minister said.

Minister Ranawaka said construction is scheduled to be scheduled to be completed by 2024. The 17 km-long railway track from Malabe to Pettah will consist of 16 railway stations. The total journey time will be 32 minutes and the fee for the entire journey will be less than Rs.100.

“Besides this LTS system, three more LTSs will be introduced in a few months as public–private partnerships. Accordingly, tenders will be called for the construction of three corridors – from Kadawatha to Pettah, Moratuwa to Pettah and Piliyandala to Pettah – by the end of this year. The preliminary studies on the three corridors, including the feasibility study and environment impact analysis, have already been completed,” the Minister said.

The Minister added that this will be the biggest-ever project in the country carried out by any Sri Lankan government. It will also be the biggest-ever foreign investment project.

“Moreover, for Sri Lanka, this enable a giant leap forward to high-income status,” the Minister said.


 

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