Indo-SL joint railway service on the cards

19 February 2019 07:21 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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It has been decided to resume the joint railway service between Sri Lanka and India, the Prime Minister’s office said today.

Such a service existed between Chennai and Colombo Fort where passengers could use a single ticket to travel between Colombo Fort and Chennai.

The Prime Minister’s office said the Transport Ministry hopes to introduce a similar railway service between the two countries and added that Sri Lankan Buddhists could make use of this service for their pilgrimage at a cheaper rate.

Meanwhile, reports said the preliminary work on a marine service between South India and Kankesanturai (KKS) and South India and Talaimannar had already begun with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority hoping to renovate the KKS jetty.

Plans are also being prepared to build a new jetty, 167 metres long and 22 metres wide to be used for commercial purposes with the breakwater also to be renovated. India is expected to provide $45.27 million under its credit line for this purpose.

In addition a new industrial zone is to be built on the land where the old cement factory was located while hotels, restaurants and warehouses are to be constructed near the Talaimannar Jetty. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Jaliya B. Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:04 PM

    There is a limit when destroying this country. " Sri Lankan Buddhists could make use of this service for their pilgrimage at a cheaper rate" PM's office said. Unlike many of us, for most pilgrims it may be the only time that they will get to travel on an airplane ... let's not destroy their memorable moments.

    sach Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:32 PM

    End of Sri Lanka......this is what India wanted through RW

    S.Sivarajah Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:32 AM

    This has been said several times before including a road bridge between Talai Mannar and Rameswaram and later denied by the very person who said it let us see if it happens

    Dam Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:44 AM

    Excellent move. However, both parties must find strict ways to control border crossings.

    sobers Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:55 AM

    Now Wimal and Gammanpilla will protest against this move, as they are anti india and the project will be shelved.

    Channa Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:47 AM

    We don't want to go to India by train and don't want hundreds of tamilnadu people getting ended up here . The influences we already get from them is enough , this is asking for unnecessary trouble. Even indians from north doesn't want southerners why should facilitate them here . Our own tamil brothers are thousand times better than them

    Raj Hatton Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:30 PM

    India has failed in the first launch of its speed train test. and military intelligence failure at the border. don't entertain failed state sponsorship.

    Ahmed Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:07 PM

    i think its better idea if u can connect it through kerala instead of tamil nadu. it is kind of risky to put it though tamil nadu because they might protest and stop the joint railway for political agendas. remember how the ferry service got stopped ? learn from the past


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