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

26 February 2020 05:33 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


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 today 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 constructed between Rambukkana and Kadugannawa, from Kadugannawa to Kandy via Katugastota as 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 build from Kadugannawa to Gampola covering the Kundasale area, the Ministry said.

He also opined to develop the Kandy (Goods Shed) Bus Stand and the relevant areas to be a transport centre and to build the railway track within a tunnel covering a distance of 1.5 km connecting Katugastota town circumventing Sri Dalada Maligawa.

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 today. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 7

  • Samantha Wednesday, 26 February 2020 06:06 PM

    This is somewhat called LRT. But they dont use that term to avoid credit to UNF govt plans.What a bunch of clowns. However it is ia good idea if they can implement the plan. It will definitely cost billions of money.How they going to finance it? Have they ever done any feasibility? Is it going to be another Rajapaksa project or what?

    abeygunaratna Wednesday, 26 February 2020 07:11 PM

    Taking Kandy people for a ride.

    hans perlee Wednesday, 26 February 2020 08:06 PM

    Bigger question is, can they provide the electricity needed to let a train move? There are allready problems with power supply to normal homes and a train needs just a litlle more then 220 Volts

    sag Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:43 PM

    all they need to do is improve current track. speed up and make a dual track . where ever possible. this is. dream we don’t have money. election promises. completion of kandy colombo expressways first you donkey

    Nimal Wednesday, 26 February 2020 09:30 PM

    You mean that it will run with CEB power from Norochchole?

    Renu Wednesday, 26 February 2020 09:49 PM

    Not another white Elephant I guess. Generally LRTs are used in other countries on flat land. Lets finish the one planned for in Colombo

    Vernon Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:12 AM

    This appears to be some propaganda talk. Where is the feasibility report? Was a procurement process followed? If not how can one talk about a company based in Spain?

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