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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:07 am 
Proposed Metro railway system for Colombo suburbs
Feasibility study begins

Metro Colombo would initially consist of 22-kilometres and would be built on the center meridian on the main road. The main Metro station would be at D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Fort. From this point Metro would run to Ratmalana and Battaramulla. The second stage of the project would be to the Colombo airport via Peliyagoda.

By Shirajiv SIRIMANE
@ CDN / 05DEC2006


RAILWAYS: The proposed Metro railway system for Colombo suburbs is underway and already a consortium of three companies is conducting feasibility studies on this project. The studies would be completed by June next year.

A rare feature of this project is that the entire funding for the project would come from foreign investors.

The consortium consists of Siemens of Germany; OPUS of Malaysians NEB Infrastructure India and UTI bank India. OPUS Malaysia, which is managing the Malaysian MRT, is expected to manage the Colombo Metro while Siemens of Germany would provide the trains.

The initial discussion in this regard was held last year with the Board of Investment and approval was granted for this project.

The cost of each kilometre is expected to be around US $ 100 million.

An official of the BoI said that the Metro Colombo would initially consist of 22-kilometres and would be built on the center meridian on the main road.

"This would minimise land acquisition which is a major problem in many infrastructure development projects," he said.

The consortium is now conducting studies on the three proposed routes for the Colombo Metro.

The main Metro station would be at D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Fort. From this point Metro would run to Ratmalana and Battaramulla.

The second stage of the project would be to the Colombo airport via Peliyagoda.

Traffic jams is one of the major problems in the Colombo city and the introduction of the Colombo Metro would reduce travelling time to the Colombo by almost 70 percent. "Since more people would be travelling in the Metro there would be less traffic to Colombo," he said.


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