Reconstructed railway track from Medawchchiya to Madhu was commissioned by Minister of economic Development Basil Rajapaksa along with the High Commissioner of India in Colombo Ashok Kantha yesterday.
The 43-kilometer Medawchchiya to Madhu segment of the 106 kilometer long Medawchchiya - Thalaimannar line was laid at a cost of US$ 81.3 million under the first phase of the Northern Railway Project.
The Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) carried out the construction work which is being financed under a US$ 425 million credit facility from India.
Commissioning the service, Minister Rajapaksa said "India has been with Sri Lanka at every step in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Northern Sri Lanka."
High Commissioner Kantha said India is committed to working with the Government of Sri Lanka towards the consolidation of peace, prosperity and development in the country.
The Indian government had pledged a US$ 800 million line of credit at significantly concessional rates for various aspects of the Northern Railway project, including reconstruction of railway lines, installation of signaling and telecom systems and the procurement of rolling stock.
The work on the various segments is progressing as per schedule, and includes track laying in Medawchchiya - Madhu Road, Madhu Road - Talaimannar and Omanthai - Pallai and Pallai - Kankasanthurai covering a total length of 252 kilometers and installation of signaling and telecommunication systems on all these sectors.
A new pier at Thalaimannar would also be built to pave the way for resumption of ferry service between Thalaimannar and Rameswaram.