India to support Southern Railway project
The Government of India has come forward to offer a supplementary
line of credit of US$ 67.4 million for the rehabilitation of the
Southern Colombo-Matara Railway Line. The line of credit had been
requested by the Government of Sri Lanka to finance the second phase of
work related to the rehabilitation of the Southern Railway Line.
India had earlier provided a US$ 100 million line of credit to
finance the first phase of rehabilitation work on the Southern Railway
Line. Two Indian companies-RITES and IRCON-had signed contracts in this
regard in 2008 and work on the first phase of this project is under way.
The total rehabilitation package includes the supply of 20 Diesel
Multiple Unit (DMU) sets, reconstruction of the railway line from
Colombo to Matara, construction of maintenance sheds for the DMUs and
training of Sri Lankan engineers in India in handling and maintenance of
the new units.