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Old June 24th, 2006, 04:43 AM   #1
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India's NEB infrastructure agrees to do feasibility report on rail-road link for Sri Lanka

May 9, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka inked a letter of intent with India's NEB Infrastructure (Pvt) Ltd to carry out a feasibility study to build a rail-road system for Colombo.

Funded by India's UTI Bank, the consortium includes Siemens AG of Germany and OPUS International Malaysia, the island's Board of Investment said in a statement.

The feasibility study will involve the study of route alignments, estimation of transport demand and distribution, projected traffic loads and cost estimates.

The government will make available existing study reports and materials related to the setting up of a Mass Rapid Transit (rail) system or MRTS in Colombo.

The BOI, however, declined to specify the cost of the feasibility.

NEB's Chairman and Managing Director S Nagaraja said the Bangalore-based firm is involved in similar metro projects in cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkota and Ahmedabad.

"We fell that metro rail will be the solution as well as necessity for all growing urban cities with more than two million people," Nagaraja said.

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From Railway Gazette:


Japanese loan to fund Colombo light rail project
01 Aug 2016

SRI LANKA: The Japanese government is to provide a soft loan for the construction of a light rail network in Colombo. The announcement by Western Region Megapolis Project Chairman Ajita de Costa followed the visit of a Japanese delegation led by Vice Minister for Economy, Trade & Industry Hirofumi Katase on July 26-27.

The loan would be used towards the initial 25 km of elevated alignment. Longer-term plans envisage a mix of elevated and at-grade sections covering 75 route-km. There would be three routes in the central business district of Colombo, and a further four lines extending to the suburbs of Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya, Borella, Maradana, Rajagiriya, Battaramulla and Malabe. Hitachi and Taisei have reportedly expressed interest in the project

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It looks interesting.

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I was just here 3 weeks ago. Colombo could definitely do with some improved public transport. Light rail around Fort down to Galle Face Green and beyond would be perfect. Plenty of development happening in this area too at the moment.
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