Sri Lanka Railways has decided to close the Southern railway track from Induruwa to Galle from September 01.
The railway line will be closed for six months for renovations, Sri Lanka Railways says. Train services will be operated between Colombo – Aluthgama and Galle-Matara during this period.
Sri Lanka Railways is planning a special joint train-bus service for the convenience of the passengers during this period, a spokesman of Sri Lanka Railways said.
The 54-kilometer railway track will be closed for upgrading under the condition that the construction will be definitely completed during the stipulated time frame.
The segment to be closed is a part of the comprehensive project for upgrading the coastal railway line from Colombo to Matara.
The reconstructed Galle-Matara segment was opened in February for high-speed passenger train transport while the second phase of construction between Galle and Hikkaduwa also began on the 15th of February. In the third phase, development of the railway track from Hikkaduwa to Kalutara South will take place.
The Indian government has pledged US$ 167.4 million for the project. Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) is entrusted with the construction.