China has claimed it has funded and built Sri Lanka's first new rail line after its independence. Their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project will give a tremendous boost to the regional economic development.
The 26.75-km railway extension connecting Matara and Beliatta in southern Sri Lanka was constructed by the China Railway Group 5 (CR5) and financed by the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China.
'A major portion of the construction was carried out by China Railway Group 5 (CR5) and the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) which acted as the consultant,' Chinese media said.
Trains on the track could run at 120 km per hour, the fastest in the country.