Sri Lanka’s first monorail track to be built in southern port city

Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to build its first monorail track in the southern port city of Hambantota to link the second international airport at Mattala and the Suriyawewa International cricket stadium.

Hambantota district Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has told state-run Daily News the government is currently talking to several investors to build the three-kilometer stretch of the monorail system.

The project, expected to commence next year, will be able to link several key developments in the expanding port city.

MP Rajapaksa has said that one of the developments would be an IT park which would provide direct employment to over 1,500. A proposed convention center and a 3000-room apartment complex are among the planned investment projects.

The government seeks investors to build the monorail track on a build-and-operate basis to keep the investment and maintenance costs down.

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