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SL invites int’l canal passenger transport tenders

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Published: 12:20 GMT, Sep 17, 2016 |
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Sri Lanka is once again promoting passenger transport in canals across Colombo city.

The government will soon call for international tenders to find a partner to run this service initially from Battaramulla to Wellawatte.

Megalopolis Project Investment Head Nayana Mawilmada speaking at a discussion on ‘Investment opportunities from the Western Region Megalopolis Plan’ oraganised by Guardian Acuity Asset Management he said that though waterways are commonly used in many countries Sri Lanka has ignored this valuable asset.

“We now want to offer this facility for investors to operate business”.

“Under the Western Region Megalopolis Plan we identified transport as a vital link and we are planning to electrify the railway from Panadura to Veyangoda under Japanese funding and also streamline the public bus service which will be air conditioned and running via GPS technology. The bus times will be synchronised to coincide with the arrival of boats.”