May 15, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lankaâ€™s Transport Ministry on Wednesday secured a Japanese grant to draw-up a master transport plan for the Colombo metropolitan region. It will review present conditions, on-going developments and future plans, to identify short and mid-term measures to improve the existing transport system, and in the long term to establish possibly a new mode of transport as the core system to fulfil the growing public and corporate mobility needs.
The study follows a joint Transport Ministry and JICA trial survey conducted in early 2012, ahead of the main survey.
We request public support also for the main surveys to ensure the core transport system is determined in line with the actual requirements of the public,â€ said Transport Secretary Dhammika Perera.
Feasibility analysis for the identified core transport system would be also included in the study, the statement said.
Depending on the results of the study, we would positively consider financing the implementation of the core transport system under concessionary Official Development Assistance loan terms,â€ said Harumi Ao, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office.