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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2422

Sri Lanka to get a Bus Rapid Transit System courtesy Japan

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 05 July, (Asiantribune.com): Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), has proposed a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for the Colombo metropolitan Region, the Board of Investment said.

This project, which is expected to reach completion by September 2009, is estimated to cost Rs. 12 billion. Speaking at a presentation on the system, D.S. Jayaweera Chairman UDA stated that BRT is a flexible and integrated package consisting of technology, customer interface and an operating plan. This project which will cover a 6.5km priority bus lane from Dematagoda to Battaramulla, and will reduce the massive traffic congestion.

Mr. Jayaweera also highlighted that 40,000 public servants will be transferred to the Sri Jayawardenepura area within the next three years and this will indeed increase the existing traffic congestion. Therefore, this proposed system which has a capacity to carry 200 passengers per vehicle with low consumption of fuel, has been identified as a practical solution. Through this system, the travel time from Dematagoda to Battaramulla will be limited to ten minutes.

Furthermore, by ensuring that there are buses available at five minute intervals, the system aims to increase the productivity of employees as the waiting time for transport will be reduced.

The study group has identified the land requirement and 47 houses will have to be relocated. Tickets will be issued only at the ticket stations and the system will be operated as a private franchise.

- Asian Tribune -

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