Indian PM flags off Talaimannar train service
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged
off Talaimannar rail service completing the reconstruction of the
entire Northern Province Railway Line.
Accompanied by President Maithripala Sirisena,
Modi also unveiled a plaque inaugurating Talaimannar 1650 Pier
Modi flew to Jaffna from Anuradhapura where he
paid tribute to at the sacred Mahabodhi tree.
The newly-constructed 63-km railway track between
Madhu Road and Talaimannar Pier is the last segment of the 265-km
long, prestigious Northern Railway Line Reconstruction Project which
is being executed by IRCON International Ltd., a Government of India
Opening the rail service, which came to a stop in
June 1990 after the LTTE blasted the Mannar bridge, which linked
Mannar and Thalaimannar island, the Prime Minster said the
recommencement gives an impetus to the development in the region.
"Bringing Talaimannar & Madhu Road closer, giving
an impetus to development in the region," the PM said in a Twitter
The train service on the line will operate from
The construction of the 106 kilometer long
Medawchchiya - Thalaimannar line was carried out in two phases.
In the first phase the 43-kilometer Medawchchiya
to Madhu segment was constructed at a cost of US$ 81.3 million. The
first phase was opened for service in May 2013.
In the second phase 63 kilometers of rail line
from Madhu to Thalaimannar was reconstructed at a cost of US$ 149
A new pier at Thalaimannar would also be built to
pave the way for resumption of ferry service between Thalaimannar
and Rameswaram in India.
The Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON)
carried out the construction work of both stages of the project
which was financed under a US$ 425 million credit facility from
After the end of the hostilities in the North, the
Indian government pledged a US$ 800 million line of credit at
significantly concessional rates to reconstruct the Northern Railway
lines completely destroyed by the Tamil Tiger terrorists. The
project included reconstruction of railway lines, installation of
signaling and telecom systems and the procurement of rolling stock.
Ministers Rishad Bathiudeen and Lakshman Kiriella
also participated in today's flagging off ceremony.
Courtesy : President Media Unit