Omanthai, Palai railway line construction in progress
Sandasen Marasinghe Irangika Range and Disna Mudalige
The construction of the railway line from Omanthai to Palai is in
progress, according to an answer tabled by Deputy Transport Minister
Rohana Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament yesterday.
The stretch from Omanthai to Palai which is 87 km would be
reconstructed at a cost of US $ 185 million. The Indian government will
provide a concessionary loan, the document tabled by the Deputy Minister
Indian Ircon Company, a company belonging to the Indian government is
constructing the section between Omanthai and Palai.
A proper tender procedure was followed in selecting the Indian Ircon
Company to reconstruct the railway line from Omanthai to Palai, the
tabled answer added.
Reconstruction of the Northern Railway line is a priority of the
government. Therefore, it has decided to reconstruct this section
Accordingly, discussions were held with the Indian government at
diplomatic level and a MoU was signed between the Indian Ircon Company
and the Presidential Task Force. Thereby, construction work of the
section from Omanthai to Palai was awarded to the Indian Ircon Company,
the tabled answer said.