Double-line railway construction between Sarasavi Uyana and Kandy inaugurated

Double-line railway construction between Sarasavi Uyana and Kandy inaugurated

Sun, Nov 21, 2021, 10:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 21, Colombo: Minister of Transport Pavithra Wanniarachchi Saturday officially inaugurated the construction of a 5 kilometers long new railway track between Sarasavi Uyana and Kandy to develop the existing single track railway line as a double-line track.

Around 64 train service runs per day operate between these two stations including office trains and school trains. A large number of office staff and school children travel by these services. Therefore, heavy traffic at railway crossings and train service.

The Department of Railways says that due to the 64 trains plying on this single track route, the railway crossings will be closed for a long time causing heavy traffic congestion on the roads and delays

Accordingly, the modernization of this railway line into a dual carriageway was initiated in view of the delay in the running of the train and the reduction of the period of closure at the railway crossings.

The construction work of this railway line will be completed in two phases and the first phase will be the 3 km segment from Kandy to Getambe and the second phase will be the 2 km section from Getambe to Sarasavi Uyana Railway Station.

The estimated total cost for the project is Rs. 589 million and the Railway Department plans to complete the construction in two years.

State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama, Secretary to the Ministry Monty Ranatunga and General Manager of Railways Dhammika Jayasundara were also present at the occasion.

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