ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has started making detailed designs for Colombo suburban electric trains adding an extra track to existing rail lines, the ministry of transport has said.
An electric track is being designed as a second line running from Maradana to Padukka along the Kelani Valley line.
A triple line from Maradana to Ragama will be expanded up to 4 lines.
A double line from Ragama to Veyangoda will be expanded to 3 lines.
A double line from Colombo Fort to Panadura along the seaside will be made into a triple like.
A double line will be developed between Ragama to Negombo along the Puttalam line and connected to the Katunyake airport.
The Asian Development Bank has given a million US dollar grant for a feasibility study and 10 million dollars for planning and procurement.
Stage one is expected to cost 300 million US dollars and State two another 300 million US dollars. Preliminary feasibility has been completed and detailed design is underway, the report said.
The tracks will be built on railway land and private land acquisition will be minimized, the report said. (Colombo/July05/2019)