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* Sri Lanka, ADB sign US$ 200 million loan agreements to develop rural roads
Wed, Dec 16, 2015, 12:17 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government signed two loan agreements for the implementation of the Integrated Road Investment Program which was designed to ensure rural road connectivity between the selected rural hubs and the adjacent socio economic centers of Sri Lanka, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

The total investment cost of this program is US$ 906 million of which US$ 800 million is planned to be obtained from ADB in 6 tranches under the Multi- Tranche Financing Facility to supplement the Government investment of US$ 106 million.

Improvement of rural access roads including local authority roads, Provincial roads and national roads in Southern Province, Sabaragamuwa Province and Kalutara District of Western province, Central Province, North Central Province and North Western Province will be carried out under the Investment Program.

The Government has already obtained loan assistance of US$ 207 million from ADB under the 1st and 2nd tranches.

The first tranche finances the first slice of the project in Southern Province in order to improve and/or maintain about 560 km of rural access roads to all weather standards and 130 km of national roads, enhance capacity of road agencies, including MOHPS, RDA and road agencies in Southern Province and project preparation of remaining tranches.

Under the second tranche, the 1st slices of projects in Sabaragamuwa Province and Kalutara District of Western Province, Central Province, North Central Province and North Western Province are being funded to improve and maintain about 2,548 km of rural access roads and provincial roads and 118 km of national roads.

The total investment cost of the third tranche is US$ 223.88 million. The Government will contribute US$ 23.88 million and the balance US$ 200 million will be obtained from ADB by two loans. The proposed tranche 3 will finance the second slice of all the contracts being funded under Tranches 1 and 2.

This project will be implemented by the Road Development Authority (RDA) under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways. The overall project is scheduled to be completed by 30th March 2024.

Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. R H S Samaratunga and Country Director of ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission Ms. Sri Widowati signed the two Loan Agreements to obtain US$ 200 million as the third tranche of the Integrated Road Investment Program on 11th December 2015 at the Ministry of Finance.


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