Published : 10:50 am  July 5, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (1667) reads | 

Untitled-1BY NABEELA HUSSAIN The Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) is to conduct a detailed feasibility study on the Light Rail Transit (LRT), a project which recently received Cabinet approval. The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry stated the Cabinet decision had been conveyed to the agency which had agreed to fund the feasibility study and the initial phase of the project. Releasing a statement recently, the ministry stated the long-term plan for the LRT had 75 km, while the initial investment would cover 25 km, connecting Fort, Colpetty, Bambalapitiya, Borella, Maradana, Rajagiriya, Battaramulla and Malabe areas.

The statement went on to say the initial segment of the system would be elevated ‘given the high density of the existing development.’ However, the LRT is expected to interconnect with rail and bus networks in order to partly provide an integrated solution. Meanwhile, Additional Secretary to the Ministry Madawa Waidyarathne said even though feasibility studies have been conducted on the LRT system, they were very basic. “JICA will conduct a detailed feasibility study on the project,” he said. The agency had initially conducted feasibility studies for the proposed monorail project, but had not agreed to continue after the feasibility studies have been conducted. “We have conveyed the Cabinet decision. We are unaware as to when the feasibility study will be conducted. They will inform us once a decision is made,” he said.