Sri Lanka to call bids for urban rail project soon-Updated

Oct 08, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will be calling for international competitive bids for its first urban railway project, Upul Jayasuriya, chairman of Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment told foreign media.

Japanese foreign media reports quoted the BOI chief saying that the Sri Lankan government is considering introducing either monorails or subways, as traffic congestion has become a serious problem in the capital city.

A transportation sector analyst, however, said that specific plans have not yet been identified and it may be to soon to announce calling of bids for either monorail or subways.

“A consortium of companies capable of civil engineering work, delivering railway signaling systems and operating trains is expected to participate in the bidding,” Jayasuriya said.

“Bids will be accepted by the end of this month.”

The operation would start by 2019, the report said and the plan is for a 30-kilometer commuter railway connecting the center of Colombo with its suburbs.

The total project cost will around 2.5 billion US dollars.

In January, at the request of the government, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) finished a feasibility study on the introduction of urban railways and the study has convinced the government of the need to improve the country’s public transportation, the report said.