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India-backed rail link commissioned

Meera Srinivasan
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The first phase of Sri Lanka’s northern railway project, funded by a line of credit facilitated by India, was commissioned on Tuesday.

Coaches in chugged along from Medawachchiya in Anuradhapura, the North Central Province, to Madhu Road, marking the return of a crucial transportation link .

Tracks along the 43 km-stretch were reconstructed as part of the $800 million-project, being executed by the Indian Railway Ministry’s IRCON International Limited to restore the 252 km-railway line that would connect different parts of the country.

Commissioning the service, Minister for Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa said India had been with Sri Lanka at every stage of rehabilitation and reconstruction of the north. High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha and Sri Lankan officials were present.


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