Cabinet approves construction of Train Control Centre, Railway Operation HQ

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By Sandun A. Jayasekera 

At a time when the government is planning to modernise Sri Lanka Railways and the Megapolis Ministry would launch four light railway systems to ease traffic snarls, the Cabinet last week gave the nod for the construction of the Colombo Train Control Centre (CTCC) and Railway Operation Headquarters (ROHQ). 


The project will be implemented under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Colombo Suburban Railway Efficiency Improvement Project (CSREIP). Upon completion, the fully-automated headquarters will control the entire railway system under one roof. 


Accordingly, the CTCC will be built with the ROHQ in front of the Elphinstone theatre in Maradana using ADB funds. The ADB has listed this project as one of the key development efforts under the USD 150 million financial assistance extended to the railways sector of Sri Lanka. 

 

  • The project aims at acquiring a bare land of one acre and two roods from the ten acre and two roods land in Maradana, which was vested with the UDA by Sri Lanka Railways in December 2014


Consultancy for the preparation of preliminary designs and bid documents have been assigned to M/s. Dohwa – Oriental Consultants – Brazil and this endeavour is now nearing its final Stage. The procurement process will commence this month. 


The project aims at acquiring a bare land of one acre and two roods from the ten acre and two roods land in Maradana, which was vested with the UDA by Sri Lanka Railways in December 2014. It was vested as a grant for the setting up of international market oriented information technology developments. There were 18 railway good sheds which were developed and rented to ICT companies. However, with this transaction, Sri Lanka Railways (other than lands with railway establishments) lost properties for development purposes. 


Against this backdrop, a special condition was included in the agreement signed between Sri Lanka Railways and the UDA, where the former had to obtain lands from the latter if and when necessary.   “Due to severe traffic congestion in Colombo, the number of traffic modes utilising the road network, the improvement of current public transportation, systems have become urgently necessary. 


Our target is to ease traffic in Colombo and its suburbs. We expect to draw attention to the High  Level Road, Kandy Road and Galle  Road after this,” Megapolis and Western Development Minister 
Champika Ranawaka said.   

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