Development News from Sri Lanka: The opening of the Beira Lake Passenger Boat service from Union Place to Colombo Fort will commence tomorrow (22). The service is being implemented according to a concept of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.
This service is run by the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation. The passenger ferry service is in operation following a feasibility study on the feasibility of launching a passenger ferry service across the city as a solution to the severe traffic congestion around Colombo.
Currently, a bus ride from Colombo Fort to Union Place takes about 30 minutes and can reach the destination in between 9-10 minutes. The ferry service will commence tomorrow under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the invitation of the Municipal Council Minister Champika Ranawaka.
Passengers will be able to get this service free of charge within the first month. Operated in conjunction with the Sri Lanka Navy, the vessel operates in accordance with all safety regulations required to be followed by the Navy.
The Ministry of Transport has already implemented bus priority lanes as a solution to traffic congestion and the light rail project has been implemented.