18th January 2012, www.dailynews.lk, By Shirajiv SIRIMANE
South Asia's first monorail track will be built in Hambantota linking the new Hambantota Airport and the Suriyawewa International cricket stadium. The project is expected to get off the ground next year. Hambantota district
Parliamentarain Namal Rajapaksa told Daily News that this would be a three kilometre stretch and they are currently talking to several investors in this regard.
He said that one of the main aims of this proposed rail track is that it would link key development projects that are already taking place in the City of Hambantota.
"One would be the proposed IT park where over 1.500 would be directly employed and the proposed convention centre, Airport, a 3,000 room apartment complex and several key investment projects," he said.
Since this is a very expensive project the monorail track is expected to be constructed on a build and operate basis where both the investment and maintenance costs would be less expensive to the country.
He also disclosed plans to construct a night market for Hambantota, which would open at 9 p.m. and go on till around 4 a.m. Rajapaksa also said that the Colombo-Marata Highway would be completed by 2013. "This would be extended to
Hambantota by 2016 and the railway line too would be extended to Hambantota," he said.
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