Medawachchiya-Talaimannar railwayline construction agreement signed

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Medawatchchiya– Talaimannar railway line construction Agreement was signed at the Transport Ministry’s auditorium on Tuesday

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama on Tuesday said that the construction of Medawachchiya– Thalaimannar railway line commenced on August 17 and the first phase would cost Rs. 7,350 million (US $ 81.3 million). It would be 110 km in length and six bridges would also be built.

The government expected to complete the first phase at the end of 2011 and the second phase would cost Rs. 17,220 million (US $ 149.7 million), he said.

Minister Welgama said that several development projects related to the railway were being implemented in the North and the South. The construction of Matara–Kataragama railway line too, was progressing up to Beliatta. The Matara–Colombo railway line renovation too had commenced.

All trains operating in the coastal line would also be refurbished to cater to the needs of the large number of public servants, the minister said.

He pointed out that as the speed limits of coastal train services were low, CGR engineers would take action to raise the speed limits.

Minister Welgama assured that the government was making every effort to improve the transport services to provide better service for people. All construction work undertaken by the Indian and Sri Lankan companies would be completed as scheduled, he said.

Railway line from Medawachchiya to Talaimannar will be constructed by the Indian Earcorn International Company.

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