Lankapage Logo CP 21 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Construction of Matara - Beliatta railway line extension to Hambantota early next year
Sat, Aug 1, 2020, 12:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 01, Colombo: Minister of Transport Services Management Mahinda Amaraweera said that there are plans to extend the existing railway line from Matara to Beliatta to Hambantota.

Responding to a question raised by journalists at Angunakolapelessa, the Minister said the extension of the railway line from Beliatta to Hambanthota for the passengers and goods is expected to reduce traffic congestion and give the opportunity for the country to save a large amount of money.

The Minister further stated that Cabinet approval has been granted to commence the construction of this railway line on which trains can travel at a speed of 100 km per hour.

Feasibility study and land acquisition for the construction of the railway line will be completed this year. Construction will begin early next year, with the first train scheduled to run in 2023, he added.

The Minister said that the construction of the railway line from Matara to Beliatta was completed without any problems as the Nilwala river bridge had been constructed and no problem would arise during the construction of the tracks up to Hambantota.

However, the aim is to use local engineers and technology as much as possible in the construction of this railway line, the Minister said.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Fitch Affirms Hatton National Bank at ‘AA+(lka)’; Outlook Negative
-- [2 hours ago]
Election Chief expects first result of election tomorrow afternoon
-- [3 hours ago]
Couple on motorcycle seriously injured in collision with election candidate’s Defender vehicle
-- [4 hours ago]
Organized crime gang leader ‘SF Lokka’ killed in shooting
-- [5 hours ago]
In Pictures: President, party leaders cast their vote in Sri Lanka General Election
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka voting at General Election ends peacefully, counting of ballots tomorrow
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka keen to revitalize bilateral trade and investment with Germany
-- [7 hours ago]
Two Sri Lankans injured in Beirut explosion, minor damages to the Embassy
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Election monitor deploys 5,000 observers for the General Election
Sri Lanka records negative economic growth of 1.6% in 1st quarter of 2020

Copyright © 2000, 2020 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.