Canal network to be used for passenger transport

colombo_develop_20130120_p2The canal network in Colombo is to be used for passenger transport, the Government announced today.

The 43km long Colombo canal network is maintained by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation.

Cabinet has been told that utilising the canal network for transportation of passengers and goods after several years would result in minimising traffic congestion in the city and promoting the tourism industry.

Accordingly, a proposal made by the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka to implement a project for the introduction of a transportation scheme using canals, and water based recreational activities using boats was approved by the cabinet.

The Government said that cabinet also approved the introduction of commercial activities such as floating markets along the canals. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This will never work unless the government demolish the shops near pettah central bus stand and other places too.To make a smooth traffic plan also in every junction there should be flyovers this will ease traffic congestion.

  2. How many time they say this and stsrt it and waist money, how many times they have started building the new terminal at Katunayaka, all repeat same thing and get the foreign aids and waist it, what a sad story

  3. This is a good idea. I have been checking about this possibility and if you look up the google maps you can see that the canal system in fact starts from Negombo and continues up to Koggala. By clearing up the marshy lands along the way a beautiful water ways can be developed for touristic purposed as well as for local leisure cruises. Minister Ranawaka should take note of this!


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