Donate salary for Jaffna railway track fund
Minister appeals to public, private sectors:
Labour Relations and Manpower Minister Athauda Seneviratne yesterday
appealed to the public and private sector employees to donate a day’s
salary towards the Colombo-Jaffna railway track reconstruction fund
Uthuru-Mithuru, which was officially launched by the Government last
“The objective of raising funds from these sectors is to re-construct
the rail track to meet the targeted expenditure of Rs. 700 million
towards the project,” Minister Seneviratne told the Daily News.
The Minister said at the moment when President Mahinda Rajapaksa
donated his April salary to this worthy cause, it is the duty of other
citizens also to contribute at least a day’s salary for the project,
which would help to reunite the bond between various communities in the
North and South.
He said he would issue a release in this regard within the next few
days and requested all citizens to join in the construction process of
the railway track which was damaged due to the conflict in the North and
“Employees in the Presidential Secretariat, Motor Vehicle
Commissioner’s Department and a large number of Sri Lankan expatriates
too have extended their co-operation towards the fund,” he said.
Director (Planning), Railways S.W. Munasinghe said the total cost for
the entire 160 km new railway track is Rs. 15,000 million and it will be
constructed stage by stage from Vavuniya to Kankesanturai.
“There is no need for any repairs to the track now in use between
Colombo to Vavuniya,” he said.
He said there are 12 fully fledged stations and 14 sub stations from
Vavuniya to Kankesanturai while it was expected to run the Yal Devi
train this month.