Donor Funding

May 20, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to get 133.9 million dollars from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to repair four rural roads, the cabinet office said in a statement. Sri Lanka will also get a loan of 50 million dollars from International Development Association (IDA) to support local government administration in the former north-east war zone.

The World Bank will give 100 million dollars to rehabilitate 90 kilometers of road between the towns of Dambulla and Ambepussa in the north-central region and 43 kilometers of road between Kantale and Trincomalee in the east.

The ADB is providing 33.9 million dollars to rehabilitate 38 kilometers of road between Manukulam and Vellankulam and 25.3 kilometers of road between Paranthan and Pooneryn in the northern province.

Sri Lanka’s road network in the north and east was damaged or neglected because of the 30-year ethnic war which ended last May.

The World Bank’s IDA is granting a 50 million dollar interest free loan to develop the provincial councils in the northern and eastern provinces, Keheliya Rambukwella, media minister told the weekly cabinet media briefing.

Under the IDA loan 66 local government