Plans to ease Colombos mega traffic jams are finally getting off the ground with the Urban Development Authority scouting for investors to set up a mass rapid transit system.
The mass transport system will stretch along Galle Road and reach the airport and the outskirts of Colombo city. rn
rnAt least four firms have so far shown an interest to build own operate and transfer the US$ 500 mn light railway project (LRT). rn
rnAsian firms from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have expressed interest, while a Swiss company has offered to build a magnetically levitated LRT system.rn
rnLRT systems are typically made of two parallel tracks on a circular track. Coach trains will go in opposite directs on the parallel rails.rn
rnSome Maglev trains are eventually expected to be capable of high speeds, above 300 km per hour, effectively offering competition to air travel over long-distances.rn
rnOverhead LRT systems can be constructed in built-up areas with minimum disruption to existing road networks or