Sri Lanka commence construction of USD2.2Bn LRT project

Aug 16, 2019 (LBO) – The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has commenced phase one of the construction work of the Malabe and Colombo Fort Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

The Ministry has commenced the borehole testing of 200 locations to start construction of the pillars required for the LRT.

Five specialized companies have been contracted for work, the Ministry said issuing a statement.

The project one of the largest undertaken by the Government is scheduled to be completed in four years.

The total investment for the project is US 2.2 billion dollars and 1.85 billion dollars will be provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a soft loan.

It covers a distance of 17 km and there will be 16 stations along the route which covers the Borella, Rajagiriya, Battaramulla and Thalahena areas.

Once the project is completed the commute from Malabe to Fort will be reduced with trains operating every four minutes during peak hours.