Construction work of Matara-Beliatta railway line, which is currently in progress, was inspected by the Hon. Minister of Transport recently.
Matara-Kataragama railway line is the first railway track constructed within Sri Lanka after the colonial ruling. The 115 km. long track is proposed to be completed in 03 phases namely, Matara-Beliatta (27 Km.), Beliatta-Hambantota (48 Km.), and Hambantota-Kataragama (40 Km.).
The entire length of the bridges to be constructed along the Matara-Beliatta section (27 Km.), is 3083 Metres. The construction of the entire project will cost US$ 278.2 Million.
Matara-Beliatta section will include a tunnel of 600 Metres. Main railway stations will be constructed at Kekanadura, Bambarenda, Wevurukannala, and Beliatta whereas sub-stations will be established at Piladuwa and Weherahena. Further, commercial buildings will also be constructed in the vicinity and rest rooms will be erupted at railway stations. The Chinese company which has undertaken the construction work of the railway line has expressed their consent to develop the roads along the track parallel to the construction of the project. The entire project is to be completed in 2016.
Hon. Minister, on completion of the inspection visit, directed the relevant officials to expedite the construction of the project.
Officers of the Ministry of Transport, officers of the Department of Sri Lanka Railways and political representatives of the area were also present at the occasion.
A special Seminar on “Sustainable Urban Transport Development” was held on 21st Jan 2014, at the Taj Samurda Hotel Colombo with the Chief Guest Hon.Kumara Welgama, the Minister of Transport.
The key objective was to improve the understanding of a new mass transit system in Colombo of stakeholders who is willing to submit their view on draft Master Plan already published in the Ministry’s Website.
The Minister said that the Ministry Of Transport in cooperation with Japan International Agency (JICA) has implemented the Urban Transport System Development Project for the Colombo Metropolitan Region and Suburbs.
The Secretary, Mr.Dhammika Perera, Additional Secretary (Planning) of the ministry Mr. J.M Thilakaratne Banda, JICA Chief Representative Mr. Harmuni Ao and Prof.Amal S.Kumarage of the Moratuwa University also addressed the occasion.
The project has been initiated with the objective of preparing a master plan includes short term, medium term and long term for urban transport issues and to conduct a feasibility study for identify the core transport mode solutions in the Colombo Metropolitan Region and Suburb.
The information about the activities launched and the exhibits being displayed at Deyata Kirula Exhibition 2014 in Kuliyapitiya by the institutions under the Ministry of Transport is available at the stall of the Ministry of Transport at Deyata Kirula Exhibition.
Department of Sri Lanka Railways
A structure containing model trains and rail roads, small scale exhibits of significant nature of the Sub-Departments of the Railways, the sun-dial and other significant exhibits of the National Railway Museum, a model of the Signal and Telecommunication Sub-Department, 150 ft. long model track of the size of Kelani Valley line and a 150 ft. long model track of the size of the main line, displaying several engines of historical value, trolleys used in the bygone days and being used currently along main line, other significant equipment, displaying a small size steam engine made by the Chief Mechanical Engineering Sub-Department, and displaying the steam powered two lorries possessed by the German Railway Technical Training Institute on the open exhibition area.
Activities / Programmes :
Describe the vision of the Department of Railways through multi-media presentations, create awareness among the public on the mission of the Department using CD recordings, and enhancement of library facilities at 05 remote schools selected from Kurunegala, Puttalam, and Chilaw Districts and supply books and other necessities.
Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB)
Displaying models of buses imported by SLTB from 1958, ticket machines used over the past to date, a model depot, and a model of a bus demonstrating the mechanical function.
Activities / Programmes :
Quiz competition for School children and giving away school supplies as prizes for winners, describing about newly introduced electronic season tickets, display of models of buses imported by SLTB from 1958 to date and elaborate the history, displaying a model of a bus depicting the internal operation of a bus, a model figure of a SLTB bus conductor in the past, and displaying ticketing machines that have been used by the SLTB since its inception to date.
Department of Motor Traffic
Leaflets to create awareness among the public visiting the exhibition, displaying evolution of registration of motor vehicles and issuing driving licenses, components of the hybrid system that involves in air emission, a cross-section of a diesel engine depicting its operation, and tools used for vehicle emission testing of petrol and diesel vehicles.
Activities and Programmes
Create awareness among the public about the functions of the Department of Motor Traffic using video visuals, attend to address the issues raised by the he public and guide them appropriately, and issue the public with required applications on their demand.
National Transport Medical Institute (NTMI)
Unveil an overview of the NTMI, create awareness among the public with regard to the objectives, functions, and issuing of medical certificates, distribution of a booklet published in both Sinhala and Tamil languages and running a short film to enlighten the public, and facilitate the service of a doctor serving at NTMI during the period the exhibition is being held.
Hon.Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport inaugurated the newly constructed Kilinochchi to Palai railway line and Palai Railway Station on 04.03.2014.
Kilinochchi-Palai railway line (27km.) was constructed at a cost of US$ 40 Mill. Currently, the installation of the railway signaling system too has been completed.
Yaldevi starts journey from Colombo at 5.45 a.m. and reaches Palai at 1.10 p.m. passing Kilinochchi, Paranthan, Elephant Pass railway stations.