COLOMBO, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers approved a proposal by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to construct multi-storey car parks in several areas of the capital and its suburbs to ease traffic congestion, local media reported on Wednesday.
The government information department quoted in local media reports said the proposed project will see the construction and maintenance of car parks by investors selected through an open competitive procurement process and is aimed at minimizing the daily traffic congestion caused by the influx of vehicles coming into Colombo and the suburbs.
According to cabinet spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, the government will invite proposals from investors from the private sector for the construction of general multi-storey vehicle parking premises, mechanical parking stations at eight venues within Colombo and the cities of Battaramulla in the outskirts of Colombo, Anuradhapura in north-central Sri Lanka and the central highlands of Kandy as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
Experts predicted that by 2035, Sri Lanka will have 30,000 passengers per hour per direction in some transport corridors in the Colombo Metropolitan Region (CMR).
Planners forecast that by then, the number of passengers in the main transport corridors with the CMR would rise from 1.9 million to 4.5 million. Enditem