Upgrading of Coastal Railway Line
This project is to upgrade the Costal Railway Line to run trains at a speed of 100 km per hour. It is implemented in two phases.
The main activities of the phase 1 are supply of materials for rail track rehabilitation from Colombo to Kalutara and Galle to Matara, execution of work for the rail track rehabilitation from Galle to Matara, supply of Plant & Machinery for Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) Maintenance, Purchase of 15 DMUs, Three locomotives, Spare parts for existing M8 class locomotives and Human Resources development. The Sri Lanka Railways will carry out rehabilitation of railway track from Colombo to Kalutara. The main activities of the phase II will include supply of materials and execution of work for the rail track rehabilitation from Kalutara to Galle, and purchase of 5 DMUs.
PURPOSE / BENEFITS
|Provision of an efficient service enhancing the running speed up to 100 km an hour.|
|Increase the volume of passenger and goods transportation through upliftment of railway tracks whereby resulting in increased revenue.|
|Encourage manufacturers as well as exporters making them await of opportunities for transportation of goods at low cost.|
|Provision of an efficient and facility enhanced service engaging power sets on long – distance services.|
|Enhance the productivity of the employees through foreign training and granting opportunities to share the experiences of the Indian Railway service|
The total estimated cost for the project is US $ 212.4 Million of which US$ 167.4 million is expected from Indian Government. Already US$100 million has been granted for phase 1 under Indian Line of credit. The remaining US $ 67.4 million will be granted later from the Indian Government. The balance US $ 45 million will be financed by the Government of Sri Lanka.
The civil work of this project is being carried out by IRCON. Under HRD and training of Railway personnel – 61 personnel have already been trained.
It is expected to complete the project in 2011.