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First-ever electric rail track to be built in Kandy: Ministry

27 Feb 2020 - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}      

By Chaturanga Samarawickrama   

The Transport Services Management Ministry had decided to build Sri Lanka’s first electric rail track in Kandy to ease the traffic in the Kandy town and suburbs. 

While holding a discussion yesterday at the Transport Ministry in Kandy, State Minister Dilum Amunugama said the decision was taken during the discussion on expediting the railway projects in Kandy and suburbs.   The discussion was headed by the transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.   

Accordingly, the new electric rail track had been planned to be constructed between Rambukkana and Kadugannawa, from Kadugannawa to Kandy via Katugastota as a dual rail track to make the railway commuting easy and effective.However, Minister Amaraweera had advised extending the new rail track to Nawalapitiya which is scheduled to be built from Kadugannawa to Gampola covering the Kundasale area. The total project would be built using concrete pillars above the existing railway line.   

The relevant construction project would be carried out by a company based in Spain, meanwhile, the preliminary phase of the project commenced yesterday.