Sri Lanka signs MoU with Korean firm for LRT feasibility

Nov 23, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development signed and Memeorendum of Understanding with South Korean firm Seoyoung Engineering Co. Ltd to do a feasibility study for six Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in the Western Region of Sri Lanka.

The cost of the contract is 202 million rupees.

“Expressions of interest have been also called for the six lines and now we are in the process of evaluating them” P Dissanayake, deputy project director of the Megapolis Ministry said.

“We hope to issue the Request for Proposals (RFP) and have this whole process done by December 2018.”

The Megapolis Transport Master Plan has identified seven LRT lines and are listed below.

1. Green Line (RTS1) Fort, Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya, Borella, Union Place, Maradana) – 14.8km
2. Yellow Line (RTS2) Fort, Maradana, Mattakkuliya, Peliyagoda)-11.5km
3. Red Line (RTS3) Dematagoda, Borella, Kirulapona, Havelock Town, Bambalapitiya – 10km
4. Purple Line (RTS4) Borella – Battaramulla, Malabe 11.7km
5. Pink Line (RTS5) Malabe – Kottawa 9.6km
6. Olive Line (RTS6) Malabe – Kaduwela 6km
7. Ash Line (RTS7) Peliyagoda – Kadawatha 13km

Among the above seven lines, RS-4 and RTS-1 Kollupitiya-Pettah-Borella will be done under Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)Financing and the feasibility study is in progress.

According to the Ministry the above routes are only a guideline provided in the Transport Master Plan and can be slightly changed after the detailed feasibility study by the selected consultants.

Present Status of Implementation of LRT

1. EOI Submission is closed
2. 17 number of EOI were received including.
3. The RFQ document were issued on 22nd of June
4. Submission of RFQ documents was closed on 08th September
5. 09 number of RFQ were received
6. Finalized the evaluation of RFQ documents and shortlisting in progress

The preparation of TOR and RFP will be done as the next step with inputs for the TOR to formulate the request for proposal document for the selection of developer will be taken from the feasibility study as early deliverables.

Analysts say that LRT is a low cost, low axle load, eco-friendly’, electrically propelled system with no local pollution, and low noise and vibrations.

Light Rail Vehicles, LRV generally have a top speed of around 65 Mph or 100 Kmph, though mostly operating at much lower speeds, more akin to road vehicles.