Sri Lanka to invite bids for â€˜Megapolisâ€™ canal ferries
ECONOMYNEXT – Investors interested in providing ferry services along waterways in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo under the proposed ‘Megapolis’ urban agglomeration project will be invited to make bids this Sunday.
The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development said in a statement the ferry services will be run as public-private partnerships.
The first phase will be a service on canals from Wellawatte to the suburb of Battaramulla which is expected to be operational in early 2018.
Several of Colombo’s inland waterways will be used for passenger ferries under the Megapolis master plan helping commuters avoid traffic jams.
A ferry service from Fort to Union Place in the Beira Lake, as well as from Mattakkuliya to Hanwella along the Kelani River are also in the pipeline, as are potential other routes such as the Hamilton Canal towards Negombo.
The tender process, which is open to both international and local investors, is being supported by PPP advisors from the Government of the Netherlands, under a Government-to-Government technical assistance initiative.
(COLOMBO, June 16, 2017)