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.

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Sas
Sas
6 years ago

A subway would best option in my opinion but lets see what JICA say

BKVWHK
BKVWHK
6 years ago

A metro rail solution would be great (less of an eyesore and less weather prone), but costs a lot more to build than a monorail overground. Also, we are restricted by both space for entrances as well as the old British drainage and electricity infrastructure under our feet.

Rupe
Rupe
6 years ago

Metro system (under-ground) could cost up to 10 times more than a Monorail system. Secondly, a monorail could be a profitable 100% private sector investment. We do NOT want our corrupt governments and politics to have anything to do with this except in a few regulatory issues. Let’s see what happens.

expat
expat
6 years ago

we dont have money for underground network. hell the euro tunnel to ages to turn black. and they had money (invested own funds). we borrow to do this? will be like the harbor project – no payback.
its amazing how the powers that be who criticized the mega projects of the ex king are also following the same routes. get the feeling all are only concerned of the payback to them and theirs !!!

Sas
Sas
6 years ago
Reply to  expat

Its an investment and will be done as a BOT project

expat
expat
6 years ago
Reply to  Sas

yeah rite!!!

if it is BOT no need for tenders becoz the builder will build operate and transfer.
tender process comes in becoz we have to be aware of the cost. becoz we will have to bear some of the cost, and we will certainly have to maintain it once it is transferred.

JICA BOT’d the Jayaewardenapura Hospital and MRI in Borella. there was no tender process. it was a govt to govt transaction. SL did not spend until the projects were transferred.

can u quote the line or words in this article that says the project is a BOT? DUH

Sas
Sas
6 years ago
Reply to  expat

learn english first what, there are no “rites” here

Jayasuriya said the project will be done on a build-operate-transfer basis

http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka_to_call_for_monorail_proposals_this_month-3-3282.html

Tilak
Tilak
6 years ago

.Adistana puja the grave of late Mr B.D.Rampala(A former CGR top boss) requesting his inputs vision work quality,guidance& courage is a must considering past records for this entity.