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Sri Lanka to launch tender for Matara-Beliatta rail line extension [free access]

June 9, 2018

The government of Sri Lanka has approved plans to begin the international tender process to develop a 100-km long rail line to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.  The airport line is an extension of the currently under construction rail line from Matara to Beliatta via Hambantota and Kataragama.


The scope of contract will include construction of the line, installation of signalling system and operation of trains. The contractor will be allowed to set fares and develop property along the line. 


The airport rail line is planned to be developed at an estimated investment of USD 800 million.