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    April 09, 2019

    The Matara-Beliatta railway line will be declared open today by Minister of Transports and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga. It takes 20 minutes to travel between Beliatta and Matara. Seven trains are scheduled to run from Beliatta. One train is destined to Galle, and four trains will terminate at Maradana while one is destined to Jaffna and another to Vauvniya A first-class tickets are priced are Rs.120, second-class tickets are priced are Rs.70 and third-class tickets are priced at Rs. 35.

    Construction of the Matara to Beliatta section at a cost of $ 278 million was carried out by a Chinese company with the funding from China Exim Bank. Supervision is being carried out under the guidance of the Central Engineering Bureau.. Three main stations, Kakanadura, Bambarakanda, Wawurukannala and two substations Piladuwa and Weherahena are constructed between the two destinations for the convenience of the public.Email Facebook18 Twitter google_plus Pinterest0 WhatsApp Viber Facebook Messenger
    A ceremonial train carrying Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranathunga, State Minister Asoka Abeysinghe, former Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Members of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Amaraweera, Southern Province Governor Keerthi Tennakion and a host of other local politicians and representatives of the Chinese government and contractors left Matara Station tor Beliatta at the 9 a.m. yesterday morning commisioning the Matara - Beliatta railway extension.
    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was represented by his brother Member of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa.The ministers and other dignitaries disembarked and unveiled ceremonial plaques at sub-stations at Piladuwa, Werahena and the main stations at Kekanadura, Bambarenda, Wewurukannala and Beliatta. Large crowds lined the 26.75 km railway track and stations and cheered as the train passed by.
    Addressing the public meeting held at Beliatta which commenced after chanting of Sri Lanka and Chineese Buddhist stanzas, State Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashoka Abeysinghe said that a railway line beyond Matara was envisaged by President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1991.He said that the government appreciated initiative taken by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to complete the project.
    Former Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that during his tenure he had initiated a feasibility study for phase two of the project from Beliatta to Hambanthota and finally to Kataragama and hoped that the present government would make it a reality.
    Member of Parliament Mahinda Amaraweera, a former Minister of Railways reiterated that it was a public necessity that the railway line be extended upto Kataragama and pledged the fullest cooperation and support.Former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said that this project was a boon to the future generations and said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted his wishes conveyed.He also echoed the words of the earlier speakers and requested that it was imperative that steps be taken to extend the railway to Tissamaharama and Kataragama.
    State Minister Dilip Wedarachchi said that the people of the Hambanthota district can boast of having an international airport, a harbour and now a railway. He thanked all those who initiated the projects said that the people should welcome development irrespective of political affiliations.
    Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranathunge said that both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wanted train services to Beliatta operative before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.He also said the Ministry would take all steps to make the railway extension beyond Beliatta a reality in the near future.

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