Work on Lanka’s longest bridge over
COLOMBO: Work on the 170 metre Nilwala bridge, Sri Lanka’s longest
railway bridge along the Matara-Kataragama railway line has been
completed at a cost of Rs. 91 million, Transport Minister Dullas
He said under the first phase of the project, 27 kms of the railway
line between Matara and Beliatta was set up using the direct labour
force of the Railway Department. Alahapperuma said Rs. 813 million has
been set aside to grant compensation to families whose land had been
taken for the site.
He said Rs. 156 million has been granted as compensation to affected
families. Under the coastal belt railway line renovation project the
Matara-Beliatta railway line will be set up with financial assistance
from the Indian Government.
Minister Alahapperuma expressed confidence that the pilgrims’ dream
of going to Kataragama by train will become a reality once the project
He also thanked the President Mahinda Rajapaksa for extending his
cooperation for the project. Alahapperuma who made an inspection tour of
the Nilwala Bridge site advised the authorities to expedite work on the
Matara-Kataragama Railway line.