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Sri Lanka cabinet cancels Japan funded light rail project

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers had approved the cancellation of a light rail project funded by Japan to ease traffic congestion in the capital Colombo.

The project was developed with the Japan International Co-operation Agency, after several years of feasibility study and developing a master plan for transportation in the Greater Colombo area.

However a government statement said the project was expensive, was built on towers leading to many buildings being demolished and it was environmentally damaging.

The project had already begun with detailed plans being drawn up with the first tranche of the loans when the government changed in November 2019, with the election of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The statement blamed the last administration for changing an original plan.

The President’s Secretary earlier this month ordered a project office closed. (Colombo/Sept29/2020)