Yal Devi, the popular Northern line express train from Fort to Jaffna will resume its run after 20 years between the two main cities in the end of 2013 once the track between Pallai and KKS was restored by the Indians in two years, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said today.
The agreement for the reconstruction of the railway line between Pallai and Kankesanthurai was signed between Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) and Ircon International Limited, India today at a simple ceremony held in Colombo attended by Minister Welgama and Indian High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha.
The project costing USD 149 Million is the fifth project from Northern Sri Lanka to be covered under Indian Line of Credit. The Pallai - KKS project covering 56 Km will be completed by the end of 2013.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Welgama further said the SLR is engaged in reconstruction of other lines and therefore the government decided to entrust the reconstruction of mainlines to India.
Indian High Commissioner Mr. Kantha said the reconstruction of the last phase of the Northern line by Ircon. “India is a key player in the development of Sri Lanka and is engaged in numerous development projects.
The 106 KM stretch From Medawachchiya to Talaimannar, 90 Km stretch between Omanthai and Pallai are two of them. (By Sandun A. Jayasekera)
Comments - 17
Raja Friday, 18 November 2011 10:07 AM
The rest are "overheads' & "underhands". Surely that is obvious unless rails are titanium.
Yuri Friday, 18 November 2011 10:11 AM
it was already there, anyway thanks to India or China
Joe Perera Friday, 18 November 2011 10:14 AM
Wouldn't it be much cheaper if the project is entrusted to the local railway dept. and the forces to do it. We have the brains and the talented people to do it.
Nodrog Friday, 18 November 2011 10:55 AM
Good news. When is the opening? 18 Nov 2013?
jacoob Friday, 18 November 2011 11:02 AM
why so hurry.. they have A9 .. let them use it for a while while we stabilse other parts .. in any case they are used to pot hole roads ..
Black Mamba Friday, 18 November 2011 11:05 AM
Too long. What happened to the boast of speedy development of the North?
Dans Friday, 18 November 2011 01:08 PM
well, its not even development, its just restoration. Literally going to take more than three years.
Man B Friday, 18 November 2011 01:24 PM
but question is about life of the people who lives there.
kondebendapucheena Friday, 18 November 2011 08:16 AM
Good for Northern People who suffered during LTTE era
Ruwan Ferdinandez Friday, 18 November 2011 08:18 AM
To reach KKS by 2013??
ind Friday, 18 November 2011 08:29 AM
Very good. Can't we do it much faster?
kornelius John Friday, 18 November 2011 08:34 AM
Thank you India.
Sootan Sullan Friday, 18 November 2011 03:05 PM
First sort out the Tamils problem.
Jodie Windenburg Friday, 18 November 2011 08:55 AM
149 Million Dollars for 56 km means 2.6 Million Dollars per kilo Meter. Is it possible for us to have a breakdown of how the figures are arrived at?? If Slippers (concrete) are placed at USD 100 and Rail track at USD 500, still there is a major defecit??
Fernando kus kus Friday, 18 November 2011 04:05 PM
india already promised 50,000 house for nothern people after war over but they have finished only 52 houses last two and a half year . do you belive it is possible, you should wait up to 2023
People Friday, 18 November 2011 08:58 AM
Why two years? Bus owners don't like????
Nathan Friday, 18 November 2011 09:32 AM
It is good News and appreciated Why two years? and why so much cost? for 56Kim. is it include building new Railway Stations? .
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