Malaysian company scheduled to build Lanka’s first electric train system

Published : 9:40 am  September 24, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (2879) reads | 

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By Darshana Sanjeewa
Officials of the Ministry of Internal Transport yesterday said that a feasibility report for an electric train service from Negombo to Colombo would be completed in the near future.  

Sri Lanka’s first ever electric train service is to be built by a Malaysian company. The contract was signed last week.  The report is being compiled by several government authorities such as  the Road Development Authority (RDA), the Railway Department and the  Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

The USD 450 million project concerns the  construction of  a 42 km stretch of  rail track between Negombo and Colombo Fort. It will comprise two parallel tracks between the two destinations,  with  terminals at the Katunayake Airport and Fort.
The proposed route is to be along the Airport Road, across the Negombo Lagoon to connect with the the new Katunayake Expressway through an elevated rail track.

Cabinet approval has already been given to create two exit points in Bopitiya and Kerawalapitiya, facilitating more traffic access to the metro.

Plans are also afoot to develop Bopitiya into a small town. The 150- acre extent of land would be developed at a cost of Rs. 450 million and is expected to be completed by the year 2018.