The study will focus on identifying the optimum methods of resolving traffic congestion and transport difficulties faced by the public in Colombo city and suburbs. It will review present conditions, on-going developments and future plans, to identify short and mid term measures to improve the existing transport system, and in the long term to establish possibly a new mode of transport as the core system to fulfil the growing public and corporate mobility needs.
The study will consist of a number of surveys to obtain accurate and current data of public requirements as well as traffic conditions. Ministry of Transport together with JICA conducted a trial survey in early 2012 in preparation for the main surveys. "We thank the public who contributed to the preparatory survey with their valuable input, and request public support also for the main surveys to ensure the core transport system is determined in line with the actual requirements of the public", said Mr. K. D. Dhammika Perera, Secretary of the Ministry of Transport.
The study is conducted under JICA’s technical cooperation assistance and is provided on the basis of a grant. Feasibility analysis for the identified core transport system would be also included in the study.
"Depending on the results of the study, we would positively consider financing the implementation of the core transport system under concessionary Official Development Assistance loan terms" said Harumi Ao, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office.
The Record of Discussion for conducting the study was signed by K. D. Dhammika Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Transport in the presence of Kumar Welgama, Minister of Transport and Harumi Ao, Chief Representative of JICA – Sri Lanka.
JICA’s on-going support to development of the transport sector in Sri Lanka include financial and technical assistance for improvement of the road network including rural, provincial and national roads, construction of Southern Expressway and Colombo Outer Circular Expressway, and most recently the expansion and development of Phase II of Bandaranaike International Airport.