A luxury train service between Colombo and Jaffna has been initiated with the help of a Line of Credit offered by India.
The intercity rail service with all facilities was launched yesterday for passengers travelling from Mount Lavinia to Kankesanthurai, covering a distance of approximately 386km.
India’s High Commission in Colombo termed it “another significant landmark in India-Sri Lanka ties”.
On Twitter India’s High Commission in Colombo said, “Powering the railway infrastructure forward!! The train service launched to the Northern Province highlights 2 key pillars of India’s development partnership with Sri Lanka – infrastructure development and country-wide focus.”
India had provided AC Diesel Multiple Units (AC DMUs) under the loan facility.
The Indian High Commission said the supply of air-conditioned diesel multiple units is just one of the many railway projects being undertaken by India in Sri Lanka, adding that there are also other ongoing projects, which include the supply of passenger coaches under an Indian Line of Credit.