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Light Railway project temporarily suspended

The Ministry of Transport has decided to temporarily suspend the Light Rail Transit Project along with several development rail projects citing cost factors.

The Light Rail Transit Project which was approved by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development (MMWD) under a public-private partnership was estimated to cost Rs.6 billion. The concept and development of the project was undertaken by the previous government while a Chinese Firm Seoyoung Engineering undertook the feasibility study for the project in November 2017. Secretary to President P.B Jayasundara in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Ministry of Transport N.B Monti Ranatunga cited that the ‘Light Railway Track System” was very costly and not the appropriate cost effective transport solution for the Urban Colombo transportation infrastructure.

“The President has directed me to request you to terminate the project with immediate effect. A suitable transport solution could be worked out in consultation with the Ministry of Urban development and Housing and the Department of National Planning of the Ministry of Finance.”


LRT project temporarily suspended [23-09-2020 Time 14:35] 

The Ministry of Transport has decided to temporarily suspend the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project along with several development rail projects citing cost factors.

The Light Rail Transit Project which was approved by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development (MMWD) under a public-private partnership was estimated to cost Rs6 Billion.