Railway authorities are looking for Rs. 15 billion from donors to lay a second track between Kalutara and Matara, improving its current service. Railway authorities are looking for Rs. 15 billion from donors to lay a second track between Kalutara and Matara, improving its current service. The second track will cut down delays currently faced in the coastal service where trains between Kalutara and Matara have to wait their turn to use the track.
The second track will also allow the department to shut down and carryout repairs to its existing track helping to reduce the speed restrictions currently imposed on the line due to safety reasons.
The state run rail commuter service returned to full service only in early April, having under gone hurried repairs after the tsunami in December washed off large stretches of the track and station infrastructure.
Railway officials estimated that the cost of rebuilding damaged infrastructure to pre-tsunami levels would cost some Rs. 1.5 billion.
With the tsunami damage now largely repaired, officials say it is time to expand the track, which will also help the state railways to expand and