Yal Devi to ply in two years
The resumption of the Yal Devi train to the North does not mean
restoration of mere connectivity, it is the restoration of normalcy and
economic development in the North, after three decades of terrorism,
said Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok K Kantha.
He was addressing a ceremony in Colombo to sign an agreement between
the Sri Lanka Railway and Ircon International of India to reconstruct
the Kankasanturai- Pallai railway track in the North.
The 55-Km-long railway track to be reconstructed within two years
will cost $ 150 million. Funds are provided by the government of India
as a concessional credit.
The government and people of India are ready to provide the fullest
support to the government of Sri Lanka and its people at this historical
juncture of the country’s recovery after 30 year-long terrorism, Kantha
Indian companies are heavily engaged in the transport sector of Sri
Lanka and Ircon International has secured several large scale railway
track construction projects.
Indian power sets dominate the fleet of trains in the Sri Lankan
Railway while Indian buses dominate the SLTB and private bus service.
Minister of Transport, Kumara Welgama said that Ircon has proved its
credibility by successfully completing the Matara-Galle railway track
Ircon will complete this project in two years and Yal Devi will be on
the track in two years, he said.
Welgama said that the project was delayed for two years because the
former secretary to the Ministry of Transport wanted the work to be
handled by SL Railway.
Since we have to renovate and maintain existing railway tracks which
have been neglected over long years we do not have the resources to
construct new tracks.
Therefore, we decided to contract the project to Ircon, he said.