Colombo, Apr 8 : The railway line from Matara to Beliatta in Sri Lanka was launched by Minister of Transports and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga on Monday.
The rail line project was carried out by the Chinese company and funded by the Chinese bank. At the national ceremony held under the theme ‘Dakunu Lakata Aluth Magak’ (New Road to Southern Sri Lanka), the first train will start off the journey on the new track at 0900 hrs.
Following the inaugural run, the track would be opened for transportation from 1400 hrs onwards. In the future, on Matara-Beliatta line, seven trains have been scheduled to start form Beliatta Station. One of them will be plying up to Galle and four trains will travel up to Maradana. The two remaining trains will be heading to Jaffna and Vavuniya, Daily FT reported.
The construction cost of the rail line from Matara to Beliatta is $ 278 million which was carried out by a Chinese company with the funding from China Exim Bank. Supervision is being carried out under the guidance of the Central Engineering Bureau.
The main stations have been constructed at Kekunadura, Bambarenda, Wevurukannala and Beliatta. Two sub stations have been setup at Piladuwa and Veherahena.
Both the longest railway bridge in Sri Lanka and the second longest bridge are on the Matara-Beliatta track. The longest, Watagama Bridge, is 1,500m long, and the second longest bridge across the Nil Wala River is 1,400m in length.
The tunnel next to the Kekunadura Railway station, measuring 2,017ft in length, is the longest tunnel in the country. The platform of the Beliatta train station is the longest train platform in Sri Lanka at a length of 300m. UNI