ADB to do Sri Lanka rail electrification feasibility
ECONOMYNEXT – The Asian Development Bank has agreed to fund a feasibility study on upgrading the suburban railway in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, including electrification.
The project is to improve the railway system in the Colombo Metropolitan Region (CMR) including the 64 km track from Colombo to the northern town of Veyangoda and the southern Panadura town, the most heavily used corridor.
The study is expected to start in January next year and be completed by October, according to an ADB report.
The feasibility study will identify requirements for track rehabilitation and modernization of signaling and telecommunication systems, possible railway electrification and buying fast, modern commuter trains to increase services.
“The project will improve the capacity and operation speed of the railway network in the CMR,” the ADB said.
“The project will be designed on a modular basis to allow future expansion of the suburban electric network, expansion of the capacity of the railway lines by additional tracks and a regional express network.”
An international consulting firm will be recruited by ADB for the feasibility study.
(Colombo/December 15, 2015)