Feasibility test for modern public transport system
A Korean company conducting a feasibility test to construct a modern
public transport system in Sri Lanka, entered into a memorandum of
understanding with the University of Moratuwa to conduct collaborative
research projects for planning, construction, engineering, design and
Media spokesman for Garamspace Company in Korea, which is nearing the
end of the feasibility test on this project, L Ihalagamage said the
feasibility test will be over soon and when construction commences, it
could be completed within three years.
He said the cost of the project is estimated at US $ 500 million.
Ihalagamage said the first phase of the proposed monorail system will
be constructed in a 10 km stretch from the Fort Station to Battaramulla.
"The second phase is proposed to be constructed from Moratuwa to
Maradana and then to Kaduwela. It is proposed to amalgamate the Airport
Railway and Colombo Monorail (BIA to Colombo-Airport Express Railway),"
he said. He said Gramspace has been carrying out various studies and
discussions with the Transport Ministry and Sri Lanka Railways on this
project since 2008.
Ihalagamage said initially, the project was promoted by BoI following
targets set in the Mahinda Chintanaya. He said the first Project
Steering Meeting was held with Transport Minister Kumara Welgama and the
Ministry Secretary in January 2010.