Japanese funded light rail project suspend for renegotiation

Japanese funded Light Rail Transit (LRT) system project from Malabe has been temporarily suspended, the Government announced today.

Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said that the project has been suspended to be reviewed and renegotiated.

He said that it was found that the project had been negotiated by the former Government for a high cost.

The Minister said that the current administration is looking at cutting costs and taking forward projects more productive for the public.

He said that the Road Development Authority will brief the media next week on the future plans of the project.

In March last year the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to 30.04 billion yen for the Project for the Establishment of Light Rail Transit System in Colombo.

The objective of the project was to boost the transportation capacity and improve the safety and comfort of public transportation by introducing a light rail transit (LRT) system with 16 stations distributed over 15.7 kilometers of track in and around Colombo.

By doing so, the project sought to improve the urban environment through a reduction in air pollution and other traffic pollution and to stimulate socioeconomic activities in the area. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. What they want is to give the project to China and get their cut give the public an inferior quality light rail transit system.

  2. If this is successfully re- negotiated, well and good. We do not need more Airports and Harbours, but re opening of defunct lines and stations should be considered. Colombo Fort Station is a national disgrace. All parliamentarians travel in luxury 4×4 vehicles, so none of them have a necessity to visit.

  3. I think JICA projects has so many allegation by ruling party of LDP last several years .
    It Is batter to renegotiation of proposed projects by current govt.
    Having said that Japanese railway system in best in Asian and world, it will help to organized better Transport facilities in Colombo city and around that.
    I think is better to go ahead with that proposed Railway project by GR led govt .
    We as an emerging nation which that highly demand that such system of Transport ,that will be easy our public transport order by Japanese projects.

  4. It’s the other way around. JAICA has refused to provide funding to a bunch of fraudsters. Japanese people know who the real Ceylonese patriots are.

  5. This is typical of politicians to the detriment of the country. They earn more than the unjustified salary with backhanders. In the end the contractor will do a shoddy job to cover the commission and the govt has no choice but to accept the job, knowing the contractor has cut corners and not up-to original specs. Who is the victim – the Country and the general public ! Wonder of Sri Lanka.

  6. Re-negotiation means re-organising who get commissions and how much :—))) Welcome to South Asian way of life, this is why people like me do not want to associate with them.

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