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A concessionary loan agreement for JPY 30,040 million (approx. Rs. 48 billion) was signed yesterday between the Government of Sri Lanka and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for engineering services and construction of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line between Malabe and Colombo Fort.

The loan will finance Sri Lanka’s first rail-based, electrified urban mass rapid transit line. It will serve to connect the Colombo’s commercial hub with the administrative capital, and significantly reduce travel time in the most congested transport corridor in the country, and...

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The Colombo Light Rail Transit (LRT) project which is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, would be constructed with the financial and technical assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), by the end of 2024 and would be ready for commercial operation by early 2025. The project is to be constructed with an estimated total investment of US$ 2.2 billion, where investments for direct costs is provided by JICA.

In an interview with the Daily News Finance, Project Director, LRT Project - JICA, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development Engineer, Commander (Rtd)...

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The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development on Friday announced the commencement of acquisition of lands required for the construction of the proposed fully elevated Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in Colombo which is set to revolutionise Sri Lanka’s transportation system.

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) implements a variety of projects in developing countries to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. We take a look at some recent projects, with a focus on the women-friendly infrastructure and environment of the Delhi Metro in India and the Gender Action Plan being formulated for the Light Rail Transit System in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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