Mar 21, 2013 (LBO) – Japan’s aid agency is preparing a transport master plan for Sri Lanka’s capital and its environs leading to the building of a mass transit system which it could finance, officials said. Tetsuji Iida, senior representative of the Japan International Co-operation Agency told LBO that the transport master plan could come up with various recommendations including bus lanes, a Metro system or a combination.
JICA representative Tatsunori Higuchi said the agency will conduct origin and destination studies to monitor traffic patterns in the Greater Colombo region and also interview up to 50,000 commuters and residents as part of developing a transport master plan for the area.
He said plans of Sri Lanka’s transport ministry, the urban development and road development agencies would be brought together in the master plan.
The RDA was building a circular expressway around the capital and plans for elevated city roads are also being explored.
Higuchi said the survey data analyzed, economic feasibility determined and proposals of the most appropriate transport modes would be made, which could include mass rail transit (MRT), light rail transit (LRT) or m