June 19, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Megapolis Ministry said it has called for expressions of interest to establish a ferry system in Colombo canals through a public-private partnership.
“Tenders will close on 24 July and a potential shortlist of investors is to be announced in nine weeks,” issuing a statement, the ministry said.
“The process is open to international and local investors and is supported by PPP advisors from the Government of the Netherlands, under a technical assistance initiative.”
The Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) under the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development will act as the lead agency for the project.
Three lines for passenger transport earmarked by the ministry are Wellawatte-Battaramulla (IW1), Fort-Union Place (IW2), Mattakkuliya-Hanwella (IW3).
Wellawatte-Battaramulla (IW1) is phase 1 and will intersect six main roads – Marine Drive, Galle Road, High level Road, Baseline Road, Nawala Road and Parliament Road and has been identified as immediately actionable.
Fort-Union Place (IW2) will connect Fort and commercial areas in Union Place and will provide time savings during peak time.
Mattakkuliya-Hanwella (IW3) on the Kelani River will be an alternate mode for the low level corridor.