Sri Lanka to start first boat service in Colombo canals with navy

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan government is to start a passenger boat service on canals in the capital Colombo with navy help before attracting private investment into the initiative to make use of inland waterways.

The Cabinet of ministers this week considered a proposal Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka on the two-year project.

It aims to provide a boat service linking the Fort area with Union Place through the Beira Lake, the state information office said..

The project will be done with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy which will buy the necessary vessels and build jetties.

The Cabinet of Ministers has already approved a proposal for passenger transport services on inland waterways as private-public partnerships.

Two other routes approved are the canals that run from Baththaramulla to Wellawaththa, and from Mattakkuliya to Hanwella through Kelani river.
(COLOMBO, 22 August, 2018)

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