Speed train from Katunayake to Colombo
Sri Lanka's railway transportation and tourism industry received a
turbo boost with the signing of a landmark agreement between K.P.M.G.
Mumbai India and Airport Express Air and Rail Company (Pvt) Ltd. to
commence feasibility studies for a speed train system from Katunayake to
The Metropolitan Railway System comprising two terminals, one at the
Katunayake Airport and the other at close proximity to the Fort Railway
station is estimated to cost $ 600 million.
Commuters could travel to and from the airport on an uninterrupted
railway passage within a short span.
The proposed railway system will comprise two parallel lines to the
Airport Express Air and Rail Company Chairman Dr. Michael Parimalan
said that feasibility studies on the proposed project will be completed
by end of April.
The project will be funded by investors from Malaysia, Denmark and
The railway lines will run parallel to the airport road, cross the
Negombo main highway and the Negombo lagoon and connect to the
Katunayake expressway on a 30-metre reservation area upto Wattala where
it will cross the Negombo road and then travel along the railway lines
from Hunupitiya to the Fort Lotus terminal.
The Lotus terminal will comprise a modern and versatile 32-storey
tower which will be a centre for tourists and businessmen.
The terminal will comprise of a hyper-mall, multiplex cinema, casino,
a city hotel, food courts, a conference and convention centre, spas and
an ayurvedic garden.
A shuttle bus service connecting main hotels, shopping complexes and
places of interest will be operated to provide tourists an opportunity
to travel in the city.
The railway terminal could be accessed from the arrival and departure
terminals of the airport.
The proposed railway venture which will operate nine trips a day will
woo visitors to the country and reduce travel time by around one hour.