Japan invests in Colombo Light Rail Transit project

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a loan agreement with the government of Sri Lanka to provide up to 30.04 billion yen for the new light rail transit (LRT) system in Colombo.

The project plans to have 16 stations distributed over 15.7 km of track in and around the city, thus enhancing the capacity and improve the safety and comfort of public transport, stated JICA. It added that the project also aims to improve the urban environment through a reduction in air pollution and other traffic pollution, and to stimulate socioeconomic activities in the area.

The project is expected to complete in April 2026, when the facilities are put into service.

The Colombo Light Rail Transit is an important element of Sri Lanka’s Megapolis Transport Masterplan – which is also part of the country’s Megapolis Masterplan. It is intended to run through Malabe and Colombo Fort.

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