265 km of railway track reconstructed
The newly built railway track between Madhu Road and Talai Mannar Pier covering a distance of 63 kms was commissioned to the public use of Sri Lanka by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi at a ceremony held at Talai Mannar Pier Station.
Prime Minister unveiled the Plaque to mark the historic occasion and then flagged off the train at 12 00 Hrs.
The train journey on the newly constructed track, funded under a soft Indian Credit Line, started from Talai Mannar Pier and ended at Madhu Road Station, with the distance being covered in a period of little less than 45 minutes.
The Company Ircon International has completed the entire reconstruction works of the Rail Links in the Northern Province along with the installation of the Signaling and Telecommunications system. These projects comprised of reconstructing of 265 km of railway track.
The commissioning of train services up to Talai Mannar Pier which now establishes a direct train link with Colombo after a gap of more than 25 years has fulfilled the awaited vision of the people from these parts of the country.
In future this line is likely to provide a vital link to Sri Lankans Vis a vis availing themselves of the ferry services for travelling to India. This track corridor has five crossing stations at Murukan, Mannar, Pesalai, Talai Mannar and Talai Mannar Pier along with 3 halt stations at Mathotam, Thirukeeteeswaram and Thoddaveli.
Source: Government of Sri Lanka
Talai Mannar Pier Station
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