(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Luxury passenger ferry service from Colombo Fort to Union Place through the Beira Lake would be launched today under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development said.
The ferry service would commence from the Beira Lake near the Lake House and ends in the Vauxhall Street, Ibbanwala Junction.
With the launch of this service, it is possible to travel from Colombo Fort to Union Place in less than 10 minutes though it takes more time than that of road transportation in peak hours. The boat service has been identified as an ideal solution to ease traffic congestion.
This pilot project will be launched in line with the proposed Inland Water Transport service.
Inland water transport system has been identified as a possible option to mitigate the traffic congestion in the Colombo region.
The Sri Lanka navy is to provide necessary ferries to operate the service and rescue crew in the house.
The project is implemented under the guidance of Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and the supervision of the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation (SLLDC).