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Sri Lanka to conduct feasibility studies for Light Rail Transit systems

The government has received cabinet approval to conduct feasibility studies for setting up six light rail transit systems in the capital city of Colombo and suburbs.

It has been proposed to introduce Light Rail Transit lines in order to overcome the existing heavy traffic congestion in Colombo and suburbs and to address the issues related to the public transport system, a cabinet statement said.

Accordingly six Light Rail Transport Lines are to be constructed in Colombo and suburbs and this project will be implemented under the Public Private Partnership basis.

International Competitive bids have been called to select a consultancy agency to carry out the Pre-Feasibility studies prior to the construction of these six Light Rail Transit lines.

Accordingly, five International Companies have submitted bids and the government has decided to award the contract to the South Korean firm M/s Seoyoung Engineering Co. Ltd., (SYE), Saman Corporation.

The proposal made by Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka to award the consultancy service contract to the South Korean firm for a cost of Rs. 202 million, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Consultancy Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet.

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