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Rohan Samarajiva
2011-10-26 5:52 AM

Pity the middle classes. They got Independence Square; they got Galle Road traffic flowing smoothly. Go to Colombo North and see what they got. Nothing. Peculiar that self pity is anchored on words, not on deeds. On MRT not being promised. We need to think long and hard about MRTs. It is an Indian fashion, but Indian cities are much much larger than greater Colombo. The economics of MRTs that may make sense when serving areas with 20 million people (National Capital Region/Delhi and Mumbai) will not make sense for puny Colombo (0.8 million population in the city; perhaps 2-3 million in Greater CMB). Buses properly configured are what are likely to make sense for us. See the debates in India. We should not repeat mistakes others have made.
MS
2011-11-01 9:56 AM

If 20 mn population makes it viable to make MRT or any form of mass transport work, should Sri Lanka start looking at a system for the entire island. Especially connecting the large population hubs. Recently a former transport official mentioned that MRTs were not viable for Sri Lanka due to the number as prof. says and that we needed to improve railways and bus services to resolve the issues. But haven't we tried a few options there too and failed. MRT, light rail, underground, unirail, whatever, it is time Sri Lanka overhauled its transport system and infrastructure fast if it is keen to achieve the US$4000 per capita
Chanuka Wattegama
2011-11-04 9:24 AM

Well, those who hate MRTs, please settle it with the President and government leaving me alone. It is Mahinda Chinthana 2010 (which I understand the key national level policy document) that says [quote] The feasibility study for constructing a metro rail system in the City of Colombo and in the sub-urban areas will commence in 2010. Accordingly, the use of electric trains and metro trains in the capital city as the main mode of transport will lead to increase the efficiency and productivity thereby improving the environment and public health. [unquote] (page 50) I only observe that Singapore MRT was started in 1987 when its population was less than 3 million. Yes, that includes visitors, but Colombo too. But forget MRT. What else has been done to ease the Colombo traffic? One suggestion I have made (which I think fair) is to introduce a compulsory meters for three wheelers. Both leading candidates for CMC conveniently ignored this as their only intention was to win votes, instead addressing these perennial issues. So we have to live with these issues and even in another 10-20 years we will be making the same complaints. These are problems of our political system, not with individuals.
Ruwan
2011-11-21 6:34 AM

We agree with Chanuka, it is true that very little is done for middle class. Mainly transport system. We now have better roads and other roads are in the process of widening with carpets - which is really good, but have they introduced comfortable buses is the issue. I had to travel to office in Fort from Battaramulla for a few days when my car went in for a repair. Then I felt how inconvenient it is to travel in a non-A/C bus in the morning to work (not that I was going in cars from childhood, but it actually reduces the efficiency due to exhausting experience in the morning). How comfortable can it be if government can introduce A/C buses from Malabe to Fort so that most of the people will be willing to go in those buses leaving more room on the roads. (City Liner on Galle Road is used by most of people as I heard) They will save heavy parking fees and waste of fuel in heavy traffic. Then all will be able to travel quickly. So all of us should try to get these working and use every opportunity to communicate.
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