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Colombo Light Rail Transport project:

Approval to recommence negotiations

Negotiations to recommence the Japanese funded Colombo Light Rail Transport (LRT) System project received the green light from Cabinet yesterday after talks were said to have come to a halt, due to the Constitutional crisis in late October of last year.

The Cabinet Paper submitted by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera, to enter into a loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for 200,415 million Yen was granted approval.

The project which would construct a 17 km LRT system from the Colombo Fort Multimodal

Transport Hub to the Malabe depot, with 16 stations in between would cost a total of 246, 641 million Yen.

The agreement between the government and JICA previously promised technical expertise and a part of the financial cost to be borne by JICA. Finance and Mass Media State Minister Eran Wickremaratne said in an interview with the Sunday Observer that the loan would be a long term concessionary loan spread over 40 years with a 12 year grace period at interest rate of 0.1 percent. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, the implementing agency of the project earlier predicted that the project would be completed by 2025.



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stop talking and start the work it is us the citizens who are stuck in traffic for hours the exhaust fumes are a major health hazard and also causing damage to the environment the ragagiriya flyover was a white elephant who is the clown behind it flyover from fort to mattakuliya or hendala is urgent

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