IRCON International to commence railway upgradation work on northern line of Sri Lanka Railways from Jan 7, 2024
IRCON International Limited will commence railway upgradation work on the northern line of Sri Lanka Railways from January, 2024. The railways department has announced the temporary suspension of train services between Colombo and Jaffna due to the track upgrade work. Earlier this year, IRCON had completed the first phase of the upgrade on the 48 km Anuradhapura-Omanthai section of the northern line.
The railway department in a notice said that the 2nd phase of the scheduled maintenance work in the northern railway line will be carried out on the 65 km Maho-Anuradhapura section. The total cost of the project is 91.27 Million dollars.
The maintenance work will be carried out from 7th of January and expected to be completed within a period of 6 months.
The Indian Public Sector undertaking will rebuild the railway line from bottom up, with new ballast and welded tracks, which will allow for faster and smoother travel without jerks. The upgrade will see the track capable of running trains at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour and remove several speed restrictions.
The upgrade will result in better connectivity from Colombo to Jaffna helping the people from northern province get seamless and comfortable travel to the capital of the island nation.