Oct 09, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Chamal Rajapaksa will launch construction work on the first phase of the long delayed Southern rail line extension from Matara to Kataragama on October 28, government sources said.
The extension of the new railway line from Matara to Kataragama will be carried out in three phases - Phase I from Matara to Beliatta, second phase from Beliatta to Hambantota and third phase from Hambantota to Kataragama.
Under the first phase of the project, the 26.75 km long segment from Matara to Beliatta will be constructed.
The first phase will consist of construction of the single line broad gauge rail track and other supporting structures such as culverts, bridges over rivers, viaducts those required over the Nilwala river flood plain, level crossings, underpass boxes, road diversion, four railway stations and functional requirements including construction of railway quarters for staff, earth embankments, cut embankments and ground treatment etc., according to the Ministry of Transport.
The Chinese government has approved US$ 278.2 million loan through its Export–Import (Exim) Bank of China on concessional terms to finance the construction of the Matara-Beliatta Section of Matara-Kataragama Railway Extension Project, the Ministry said.