Mount Lavinia-KKS new train service launched
The new intercity train service from Mount Lavinia to Kankesanthurai was inaugurated at the Fort Railway station by Minister of Transport Pavithra Wanniarachchi yesterday (09).
The trains plying on the route will consist of recently received Full AC Diesel Multiple Units (AC DMUs) from India under the Indian loan facility.
The supply of AC DMUs is just one of the many Railway projects being undertaken by India in Sri Lanka.
Addressing the Transport Minister during the ceremony, Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Vinod K Jacob recalled the priority placed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ties with Sri Lanka in line with the Neighborhood First policy.
He said that the recent statement of External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar that India would support Sri Lanka in difficult times is an affirmation of the Neighborhood First policy in the current context.
He also reiterated the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay’s emphasis on mutually beneficial cooperation that facilitates people-to-people exchanges.