Sri Lanka president orders immediate termination of Japan-funded light rail project

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Transport to terminate a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded light railway transit (LRT) project with immediate effect

Sep 23, 2020
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Transport to terminate a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded light railway transit (LRT) project with immediate effect.

In a letter written to the ministry secretary, Secretary to the President P B Jayasundara said the project is “very costly and not the appropriate cost effective transport solution for the urban Colombo transportation infrastructure.”
 
“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,” Jayasundara wrote, adding that the president had also ordered the immediate closure of the project office.

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