Japan to fund Sri Lanka Light Rail Transit feasibility

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will go ahead with a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system for public transport in the proposed Megapolis urban agglomeration in and around the capital Colombo with Japan to fund a feasibility study, a spokesman said.

The most suitable solution to present transport demand of the Megapolis region has been identified as the Light Rail Transit on routes connecting the city centre with suburbs, said
Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms & Mass Media.

The Western Region Megapolis Plan has given priority to solving transport issues in the region by improving public transport and road infrastructure, management of transport demand and environmentally sustainable transportation, he told a news conference.

The Cabinet of Ministers this week approved a proposal by Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to get aid from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the feasibility study and immediately commence construction, Karunathilaka said.

The LRT will be on the Borella – Malabe route and also connect Colombo Fort, Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya, Union Place and Maradana.

The feasibility by Japanese consultants is expected to take about six months.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Management decided to go ahead with an LRT system with a loan by JICA at a meeting this month.
(COLOMBO, June 29, 2016)

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