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Jan. 19 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ageing rail-network could soon get a new extension, with policymakers this week agreeing to set up a unit to study the feasibility of the projects. Jan. 19 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ageing rail-network could soon get a new extension, with policymakers this week agreeing to set up a unit to study the feasibility of the projects. Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers this week cleared the Ministry of New Railroad Development to set up a project management unit, to undertake surveys and study the feasibility of new rail projects.

Secretary to the Ministry Nihal Somaweera in a recent interview said a number of existing projects, including the extension of the current rail service upto Kataragama in the south and to install a new service via Kuruunegala to Dambulla catering to the produce market there would be undertaken initially.

The newly minted New Railroad Development Ministry has been charged with implementing a viable rail transit system for Colombo based on the master plan along with extending the island’s British built rail network.

A solution to Colombo’s commuter traffic will be based on a Japan funded urban transport master plan, Ministry