While Sri Lankas impoverished national railway struggles to make ends meet above ground, prospects are under evaluation to build a new rail network underground supported by Korean technology.
Feasibility studies to set up Sri Lankas first underground rail system connecting Kalutara, Colombo, Negombo and Avissawella is underway, Minister of Lands, Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday. rn
rnldblquote The feasibility for the underground railway has now started,
dblquote said Minister Rajith Senaratne.rn
rnThe proposed tube system under evaluation will link Fort, Kalutara, Negombo and Avissawella, taking pressure off the above ground bus and rail systems by operating 24 trains on the proposed underground route. rn
rnldblquote People will be able to travel from Kalutara to Fort in ten minutes when the new rail system is up,
dblquote said Senaratne.rn
rnldblquote The network will be in the form of three circles with eight trains running in each circle and 24 trains operating in total,