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* Japan grants Rs. 9.8 billion loan to Sri Lanka to make national roads safer from landslides
Sat, Mar 1, 2014, 10:34 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 01, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has received a loan of Rs. 9.8 billion (Japanese Yen 7.62 billion) from the Government of Japan through its lending arm, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to protest the national road network of the country from landslide disasters.

The Landslide Disaster Protection Project of the National Road Network project aims to mitigate landslide disaster targeting for A-class national roads as basic infrastructure through implementing appropriate countermeasures in highland areas.

The project will contribute to enhance the security of the road network and save the lives of people in landslide-prone areas, especially in the central highlands.

In recent years, Sri Lanka has been hit by severe flooding and landslides due to torrential rains, along with other natural disasters, resulting in a loss of life and major damage to roads and other basic infrastructure.

The Project will carry out countermeasure construction on slopes on major national roads with a high risk of landslides, alleviating the risk of a disaster and making the road network and lives of nearby residents safer.

In addition, technical cooperation will provide capacity development training for landslide measures and enhance the overall ability to respond to landslide disasters.

The Cabinet approved a proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping, to award the contract for the project as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC).

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