Cabinet approves construction of LRT after JICA feasibility study

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June 29, 2016 (LBO) – The cabinet nod has been given to obtain JICA assistance to conduct a feasibility study and immediately commence the construction of light rail transit system in the western region of Sri Lanka.

The proposed system will be put up along the Colombo Fort – Kollupitiya – Bambalapitiya – Union Place Maradana route and Borella – Malabe route.

The Western Region Megapolis Plans have given priority for solving transport issues in the region and it has identified that improvement of public transport modes, development of road infrastructure, management of transport demand and environmentally sustainable transportation is crucial in this regard.

The most suitable solution to present transport demand of the Megapolis region is identified as the Light Train Transit and accordingly seven routes have been identified in this regard.

The cabinet decision is reproduced below.

Introduction of light rail transit system in the western region of Sri Lanka with JICA Assistance (Document No – 58)

The Western Region Megapolis Plans have given its priority for solving transport issues in the region and it has identified that improvement of public transport modes, development of road infrastructure, management of transport demand and environmentally sustainable transportation is crucial in this regard. The most suitable solution to present transport demand of the Megapolis region is identified as the Light Train Transit and accordingly seven routs have been identified in this regard. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to obtain the assistance of JICA to conduct its feasibility Report and immediately commence the construction of Colombo Fort – Kollupitiya – Bambalapitiya – Union Place Maradana route and Borella – Malabe route, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.