New Track

A solution to Colombo’s commuter traffic could have to wait till mid 2006, when a Japan funded urban transport master plan is completed. A solution to Colombo’s commuter traffic could have to wait till mid 2006, when a Japan funded urban transport master plan is completed. The newly minted New Railroad Development Ministry has been charged with implementing a viable rail transit system for Colombo based on the master plan along with extending the island’s British built rail network.

Secretary to the Ministry Nihal Somaweera told LBO on Monday that his office would undertake an extensive expansion programme, aimed at extending the island’s aging rail operations to new market driven destinations.

Somaweera said the ministry will initially undertake a number of existing projects, including the extension of the current rail service upto Kataragama in the south and to install a new service via Kuruunegala to Dambulla catering to the produce market there.

Other projects coming under the ministry will include the rapid transit system connecting the island’s international airport to the commercial capital Colombo.

Somaweera