Sri Lanka’s first multimodal transport centre was declared open in Kottawa today.
The Kottawa-Makumbura Multimodal Transport Centre was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka and officials of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Multimodal Transport Center (MTC) will provide seamless access for passengers to connect using various transport modes including passenger buses, the train and cabs.
MTC links the Maalapalla station with short and long distance buses routed via Makumbura and expressway buses plying on the Southern Expressway and Outer Circular Expressway.
It will enable passengers to change between bus and train services in safety and comfort, and reduce overall travel time.
Located at the entrance to the Kottawa Expressway Interchange, it will also facilitate private vehicle users on the expressway to park and ride on public transport to the city center. Once Phase III of the Outer Circular Expressway is completed, the Kottawa MTC will provide connectivity to the Katunayake Expressway and Airport as well.
The construction and equipment for the Transport Centre were financed partially through JICA’s Official Development Assistance loans for the Outer Circular Expressway, and remainder through treasury fund of the Government of Sri Lanka.
The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development implemented the project as part of its Township Development Component, and will be responsible for operating the facility.
Similar multimodal transport centres will be constructed in other key cities in future as well. (Colombo Gazette)