17 October, 2017

An Electric Rail Track System Linking Jaffna To Colombo

By Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Invitation for a challenging mission to Chief Minister Wigneswaran: Install an electric rail track system linking Jaffna to Colombo

Just after the end of the civil war that cost the nation immensely, this same open invitation was originally extended to the President Rajapaksa in 2009 to set up a fast electric rail track linking Jaffna to Colombo, which sadly saw no light of the day.

It is very unfortunate that the Colombo government had no vision to tap the wealth of resources  (foreign funding that was waiting to be awarded to the battered nation) that were at its disposal just after the war, to make this challenging proposal a reality. Instead the government has been simply working over-time to re-build the 18th century rail tract at a great cost, which takes the nation nowhere, as it would hopelessly fall short of what the people of this Island nation yearning for.  The need of the hour is a fast rail track, possibly a double track, to run between Colombo to Jaffna in 1 ½ to 2 hours and not a tract that takes half a day to complete the journey.

In this backdrop, the same proposal is now being made to a different personality, this time to one of the remarkable sons of Mother Lanka, the Justice turned politician Wigneswaran. He is a proven character with integrity, miles ahead of his contemporaries in both North and South. There is no doubt that he is a competent man with a vision and potential to make this dream a reality for the benefit of the whole nation.

Probably this may not be the only step in the right direction to heal the mistrust between distanced two ethnic groups but it could certainly open up the eyes of all Lankans to identify the true national leaders on whom they can place trust, shunning aside the petty, irrelevant racist mindset, that has hitherto helped only to destroy the nation.

Why all Lankans should extend their support to make this mission a reality

The city of Colombo is the most densely populated city that heavily depends of the agriculture produce supplied from all the other regions such as Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Mullittive, Kilinochchi and Jaffna Districts. All these producing districts, which are located en-route to Jaffna, supply the bulk of rice, potato, onion, variety of cereals, fruits, vegetable and also dried and fresh fish supplies to the capital city of Colombo, barring Polonnaruwa, which is located on the Colombo-Trinco mainline, just 20 miles down the link city Habarana positioned in the Colombo-Jaffna mainline. Except Polonnaruwa other major collection centers such as Kurunegala, Mahawa, Anuradhapura Medavachchiya Vavuniya and Jaffna where all kinds of agro based produce get piled up, are located on the Jaffna-Colombo mainline. Therefore, the fruits of making this project a success is far-reaching and almost all the sectors of the economy would be benefited beyond imagination and it could be a hitherto unprecedented socio-economic transformation.

Therefore, what this country needs today is a fast electric rail track that runs at a reasonably good speed of 125 miles per hour at the minimum (the average speed of the electric trains in the European mainland, the UK and India). This is the right answer to very many problems including the passenger transport that at present heavily rely on the road transport network that takes minimum of 10 hours or more to reach Jaffna.

Therefore, making of this proposal a reality, reflecting modern realities to create harmony within the two communities, is the right answer and the best gift that one could offer to the nation at large. This is what people expect from those who are elected to the public office if they are genuinely concerned about the needs of the people.  And not wasting public funds in billions in utterly hopeless projects that serve no purpose at all expect providing opportunity to handful of people for unjust enrichment. They must take up real challenges of this nature, which would be within their reach and this is the way that the trust and understanding between the two communities in the North and the South could be rebuilt by addressing their economic needs with due respect and recognition of their right to equality.

Sri Lanka’s fatally failed rail industry

Analysis of the modern railway systems world over demonstrates that Sri Lanka is completely out of touch with the modern railway industry and is totally ignorant on the prevailing international standards designed to meet people’s demands. In this context the efforts made by the government with an investment of several billions of rupees of taxpayers money to rebuild the northern line simply suggest that the decision makers in the South are completely out of touch and unconcerned of the technological advancements in the modern world.

International Examples

London Manchester mainline covers a distance of 216 miles in 2 hrs and 15 minutes with a electric train runs at a moderate speed of about 100-125 miles per hour.  The TGV, the rail network use in France broke the 200 mph barrier more than half a century ago.

In India, the Delhi-Agra electric train, a high-speed electric locomotive (150 kmph), covers a distance of 198 miles journey in less than 2 hours. The high-speed electric track system proposed to be built between Mumbai and Ahmadabad (534 kilometers) is estimated to cost the Indian taxpayer 63 billion Indian rupees and 70% of the revenue is expected from the freight services offered by this modern rail track system. This information simply shows that the proposed project is a realistic and achievable.

However, where does Sri Lanka stand today? It has a completely obsolete railway system of which the speed is not even worth mentioning.   Since independence this country has failed to produce a single visionary leader to move forward and catch up with the technological advances in all spheres. And where does our neighbor India stands? It appears some sort of system in place there and India has taken right initiatives at right time to transform its old rail network to electric network for the betterment of both passenger transport and freight services.

Map of electrification of Indian Railway network

What matters most is the right leadership with a vision

No doubt that people belongs to two ethnic communities battered by the bitter war, as well as the international community that is under pressure with influx of refugees, are eager to see lasting peace, stability and harmony established in this country. The modernization of the Jaffna- Colombo mainline with a electric track system, in line with modern technology, is one of the best solutions, because the meeting of this target is realistic and the total distance to be covered is manageable, just 190 miles and realization of this goal would resolve many major issues.

Assured help and assistance 

Perhaps, the Chief Minister Vigneswaran is the right man to launch this project and to make it a reality within his period of office as the Chief Minister, with technical and financial assistance from friendly nations and all Lankans including those living abroad. India, China, the European Union, Japan, Canada, would come forward to extend their support and this will also be a good eye opener for all Lankans to grasp, who are the true selfless leaders in politics committed to serve the nation.

It is with great pleasure I offer my support for this project to make it a success with a firm offer of £1000.00 to initiate the fund raising campaign. I am sure that other fellow citizens, who love to see that this beautiful country is heading in the right direction with a right political leadership would do follow suit.

Set standards for those who hold public office in the South

Innocent people in this island nation had suffered enough in the hands of the corrupt for so long and surely Justice Vigneswaran is fully cognizance of this undeniable truth.   People in the South and the North expect him to set the correct benchmark and standards in politics based on moral integrity hitherto unknown in this country. This may probably be the best opportunity for him to prove his worth to the nation, because he is highly regarded as a man with high degree of integrity and competency acceptable to moderate communities in the North and the South.

Perfect gift to all Lankans in the North and South

Realisation of this dream is not only an economic hit but it would also help to bring the two ethnic communities together based on mutual trust and respect. Because the North has been too far away and out of reach for far too long.

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    “It is with great pleasure I offer my support for this project to make it a success with a firm offer of £1000.00 to initiate the fund raising campaign. I am sure that other fellow citizens, who love to see that this beautiful country is heading in the right direction with a right political leadership would do follow suit.”

    It is a good idea. But not the right one for the war widows, for people in the north without roof over their head, for people who have nothing to eat, poor facilities for students, for people who have lost their houses, lands….

    I will offer £2000.00 if some one or NPC promise and produce a scheme to fix all what I have listed above and related problems within an year.

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      I bet your 1000 pounds will pay for about one inch of steel lmao how about the thousands of dollars you paid the LTTE for weapons . Now that there is nobody to hold a gun to your head the amount of contributions has dried up !!!!

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        Dear Modaya Abhaya,
        Do you have any proof that I paid thousands dollars to LTTE?
        My offer £2000.00 is only for the scheme. I will pay further more (in total £10,000) to make the project success .

        When the details of the scheme are published on CT or GV, I will contact.

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          Be careful Kodi will ask for nuclear energy tomorrow to run the system.That would be directed towards Baha Baha.

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        “I bet your 1000 pounds will pay for about one inch of steel lmao”

        She’s playing the piano by ear.

        You are fiddling your toes over and over again.

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        LTTE weapon purchasers and leaders are with the government. Dare touch them. You will see what happens?

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      Anpu,
      Why wait till someone makes a big plan to support war widows and publish it in CT/GV? You can do it now through several charities that work in the area. Here is are two ideas: You can immediately get in touch with GGPonnampalam’s TNPF party and ask them if they can spend your 2000 (or 10000) offer on helping war widows. Or you can spend the money on buying books for children and ship it. It is not too difficult to send some books to the Jaffna library, is it? Why wait? Do it now. Get on with it. Why have you been waiting these four years — wasting your time writing comments in CT?

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        Jeeva,
        I am already helping.

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        How much are you spending to help the needy in N & E. I am spending ~£100 per month from 2004. First I started helping my village. I am sure few idiots in this forum are going to say that I gave the money to LTTE. I never gave a penny to LTTE.

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      No way!,
      Dear Mr Nagananda Kodituwakku;
      Thanks for your Ideas to Elected Gentleman, Hon Wige.
      But there is a Big problem prevails.
      They will not allow him to Go-ahead with any Progressive things.
      As All in the Governance are Corrupt Bxxxxds.

      First you all better arrange 10% Or more,
      best Is 30%?. with some ???????.
      Before hand commission to our Subject ministers of the centre.
      { you know who] and
      other body guards [ body Gods],
      who are supporting the relevants with white vans and T 56s coverage.

      If not, you will not start any tracks in sri lanka, Public or Private.
      You will derail from the tracks.
      Better to remember,
      NO PUJA WATTIYA,
      No BOI, NO FDI

      We, so called Sinhala Buddhists, Sinhala Tamil Christians, Islamic Muslims, Thrinul Applying Hindus, All are very difficult to take in to The real tracks,
      even If The Lord Buddha Rebirths and comes to preach Bana, in present day Sri lanka
      They will ask KAPPPAM, [ The Protection money] and Commissions.
      They will try to Jump the Queue, to go to Nirvana, with showing their wrested Powers.

      This Called Sri Lankan Style DASARAAJA DHARMAYA.

      Piggy back On RAAJA BHAWATHU DHAMMIKO.

      My best regards to you all.
      JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA, { IRC Welikda, Sri Lanka,
      IRC Changi Singapore}.

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        By the way!.
        Dear Mr Nagananda Kodituwakku;.

        I forgot to tell you all.

        The Sri Lankan Governance with the Leadership of Rajapassa has Started recently to give more ELECTRIC SHOCKS not ELECTRIC TRACKS.
        Still they, these Morons in governance cannot organize the transportation system in sri lanka,
        Now you are asking about ELECTRIC TRACKS????.
        But they are doing Formula 1 tracks on their own with People’s money.

        JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA, { IRC Welikda, Sri Lanka,
        IRC Changi Singapore}.

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      Tamil war widows need grease devils not trains.

      But they will get more clients if a fast train service operates to Jaffna.

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        Yes Lorenzo, it appears you dont need trains for that judging by the recent MRG report. yet another report to bang on MR’s head.

        You do make the most daftest comments.

        btw- Lorenzo. If you take risks take a calculated risk. I take it your boss has not gained confidence in your ability to share the basics with you. Good Luck XXXXX

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        There is some grease left over it seems. Why dont you get hold of them and use them between your Halal legs and produce like pigs.

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    There are many other urgent tasks at the hands of the CM of NPC.

    To start with the government can release the suspects held in prison or charge them in courts.

    There are thousands languishing in the homes of relatives and friends because their houses are forcibly taken over by the military. Hundreds of thosands of refugees in India and other parts of the world and IDPs in the south of the country who are scared to return to their homes. The government must confine the Sinhalese speaking military to the camps until any incident of violence that cannot be managed by the police is reported.

    Tamil speaking people in the north and east are scared to complain to the Sinhala speaking police. The police force must be modernised with more Tamil speaking and not mere 1447 as reported serving in the north so that people can communicate with law enforcement officers without interpretaters and fear.

    An airport must be built in Jaffna for people to land directly from abroad without wasting more than 10 hours to travel from Colombo to Jaffna with fear of being mugged or robbed.

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    I am sure the new Chief Minister has many other pressing humanitarian priorities on his mind. Electric train tracks would probably not even make the list.

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      Nagananda Kodituwakku,

      The ‘elite’ writers are occupied with their pet projects for the North. They don’t for a moment talk about the immense problems of daily existence of the Tamils of the North-East:

      People thrown out of their lands for a network of army camps,
      Continuing disappearances, murder and intimidation by the military,
      Denial of means of livelihood of Tamils on land and at sea,
      Lack of basic facilities for the tens of thousands of the displaced,
      Endemic sexual abuse and murder of Tamil women,
      Settling Sinhalese from the South in Tamil lands,
      Building Buddhist temples at state expense.

      The list goes on, but they don’t exist to the status quo endorsing state-embedded writers, and others pretending to be independent well wishers of Tamils.

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    it will be nice to see this . but I think the highway that is proposed does to an extent solve the problem . The railway system in the whole country is woefully inadequate . I have no idea how the govt maintains the Railways department but charging the pittance they charge per trip . one of the main things to do would be to make proper and decent toilet facilities in all railways and train stations .

    As projects go while it may be politically expedient have a jaffna colombo electric railway it is probably economically more necessary to make one to Hambantota through the tourist areas in the south .

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    First the should be electricity to all households.
    Then, yes this very good idea.
    If not you will see the new frontiers trading across the short sea to India.
    I once tried to traverse the Adam’s Bridge and it is still a land bridge compared to 25 km King Fahd causeway to Bahrain. They are building a separate rail bridge in Bahrain and that is a harder job than building one using the Adam’s Bridge.

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    Is Kodituwakku serious?.

    Two hours to Jaffna by train with a Diaspora funded Canadian rolling stock?.

    Has he been smoking something?.

    Diaspora didn’t even feed the war widows .

    Their Indian mates are yet to build 49,000 of the 50k promised to house them.

    This dude is hoping that they will cough out several million pounds.when their TNA seniors , who are now in control threatened to chase the Chinese out and not allow the A9 to go express.

    If you really want to do something for the non Vellalas, put your grand in a BoC account in Killinochchi branch and pay at least 500 LKR a month to poor secondary kids of the war widows.

    Then top it up every month with your own dosh instead of asking the philanthropists here.

    If you need any help to set it up ask KP.

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      ah sumansekera i can see that to didnt take your medicines for today,have they run short of drugs in Angoda? if so ask the diasporians to help you mate!

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    Sumane
    What about a welfare scheme for people like you from mulleriyawa?
    Budu saranai
    Ken

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    Stop wasting anymore money on the north.

    It is waste.

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      It is not even started how can you stop.

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    For me to contribute my personal money for any charity work in sri lanka I need good governance. Not politicians coming to power to steal the public money. I have helped before eg tsunami houses. But no more. Not even a damn penny to a sri lankan begger. Why? No idiot fool thief should be elected first.

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      Good point!

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      Clown

      Did u have proof of good governance from praba ? Or did they just kick ur ass if u did not

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        Chicago Jack ASS;

        We have enough experiences with Rough Jarapassa and clan.

        You are an another moronic Tourist from Detroit who knows only face lifts of country.

        Just give a helping hand to the Shit eating pigs to loot the nation, till the next TSUNAIMI comes.

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    A point that needs to be publicised is that while millions of dollars is wasted on Rajapaksa pet projects like Hambantota Port and Rajapaksa Airport, why couldn’t they spend a fraction of it in purchasing new efficient and less polluting locomotives. I still see plenty of 70s era diesel locos doing regular service in Colombo. It is quite glaring to see these old locos and rolling stock. The cost of a new loco is a tiny fraction of what is spent on many other projects.

    As for the rail link from Colombo to Jaffna, what I heard from people is that the government is dragging its feet because some ministers are financially benefitting from the Colombo to Jaffna private bus service.

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    Dear Mr.Nagananda Kodituwakku –

    An Electric Rail Track System Linking Jaffna To Colombo.

    You are no Second to MR, GOTA & Co. They Built Several Wnite Elephants to H’tota. That is History.

    You Remind me of Marie Antonette Who wanted people to eat Cake when they said they had no bread.

    Are you so blind, Deaf and a brain dead not to hear the plea of the IDP’s yet to be settled. Are you not aware of the number still living under cadjans, tarpaulins given by the INGO’S.

    Just for a momment consider who will travel in these. Who can afford to travel.

    Another has commented and urged the need for an International Air Port in Jaffna.

    Why is The Air Port in Palaly is suitable for those who squatted under the Palmyrah trees before they went to west. Are they not aware of the Story of H’tota Port & Air Port.

    If any one is interested in the welfare of the Tamils in the North let them collect funds to upgrade their toilets.

    There is a sizable population in Puthukudirruppu with out drinking Water. Do some thing for that if you can.

    There are several road in the Np that turns into mud fields where you can sow paddy.

    Still there are thousands dying before reaching the Hospitals. Further hundreds die before receiving medical attention.

    Kidney failures in North are as Common as in the NCP. Does not get proper attention.

    Cancer to has reached alarming levels and go unreported.

    Fathima Fukushima. Your Name implys and your parents have selected good and proper name you. The must have had a premonition or your must must have behaved in such a manner for the selection of your name

    Clown.
    As to your sentiments. I could say this. Do not consider Giving advise to Sri Lankans. They are no beggers. The Rogus elected are beggers. They may be modayas that I admit.

    You Diaspora
    Havn’t you still realized that You cannot achieve your EElam Dream by democratic means If N & E are amalgamated. The Think Tank of Rajiv GHandi Saw to it that no New Country is Born within the Island of Ceylon by His proposal for a united N&E Provincial Council. Moda Sinhalayas then and now are yet to realize this.

    A Moda Former CJ did one good thing to the Tamils of Sri Lanka by Separating North and East.

    If you study the Voting Pattern and population strengths and registered voters you will understand this.

    Who want the ships, Who want the Air ships, Who want Fast Electric trains, Who Want The Police, Who want the Army please talk about allowing the people to live peacefully transacting their day to day activities in the language known to them. Give them a chance to educate their children without undue interference.

    levi.

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      Tamils want to get rid of their poverty at the expense of the govt while their rich relatives in the west are fighting for the separate country in Sri Lanka.

      Those Indian Tamils, living now in Camps, migrated to Sri Lanka during the LTTE time now want to be settled at the govt expense too.

      Tamils showed who they are during the last 35 years and they over and over again prove who they are.

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        Simple solution for Jim the Dim

        Bad smell that you cannot get rid of a one and only Sinhala Buddhist State of India.

        Shut up and keep chewing patriot.

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    The Ceylon Electricity Board is indebted – to the government – though it is a part of the government,to the tune of Billions.
    It is the most loss-making state enterprise.
    From where will the electricity for this proposal come from?
    We can only dream of such projects.
    Meanwhile,there is a report on the creation of a Botanic Garden at hambantota !!!

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    Anpu,Levi and some on this thread understand the situation well.They have already said it,why repeat. But-On my many visits to the north,before,during and after the war here is the scenario –
    North,in the evenings – the lihgts go dim – The woman mutters,they are trying their tricks again.The father asks – Have they informed Chunnakam to punish us?
    The mother brings 1 lamp with a little oil,ready to light it when the main grid operated from the south turns it off.
    Now Chunnakam has no control.Kids go to bedot able to study,there is no power.

    Apart from the dire needs of the Tamils today in the north we will ponder over the power failure and the fancy electric train ‘stuck’.
    Mr Nagananda Kodituwakku we all love FANCY ideas for a better Sri Lanka.
    Surely?
    Imagine your suggestion of transporting vegetables, etc from the North and North central on electric trains.?
    The stink of rot not forgetting people stuck in the high heat inside and otside while our electricians etc are to be transported by what sir
    for the repairs.In the meantime when it takes a day how about transporting kids and people,old and the maim to their destination.

    We will not foget the fancy airport at Hambantota when flights landed for repairs.What happened?
    At Mattala Airport when a plane landed for fuel there was no fuel.passengers were stuck inside the plane,air con turned off — many hrs.Pandemonium inside the plane.Horror of it all was – gas had to be transported by road from Hambantota to Mattala.

    The only reason why the diaspora does not give money to the government for development much f its pocketed by the regime.The diaspora is active engaged with local NGO,churches and personal help to their own people.

    Sir,we all have grandiose ideas for our country.Unfortunately the powerfull goverment have GRANDIOSE IDEAS FOR THEMSELVES,BEGINNING WITH FILLING THEIR OWN POCKETS WITH YOURs and our MONEY.

    THE SUGGESTION THAT CM WIGNESWARAN WILL GIVE THOUGHT TO THIS LUDICROUS ? IS IMPLYING THAT CMW CAN BECOME LIKE ONE OF YOUR GOVERNMENT STOOGES.

    He is answerable to Tamils of the north and south to deliver the best for them.To uplift their living standards.
    An Electric Train from Colombo to the norh Sir ?
    A stupid idea.

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      Hanna,

      Just one 80 Watts Solar panel, per house will switch on at least 8, 50w globes, or 80 LEDs.

      Surely there shouldn’t be any shortage of dosh in the big D ,to supply free Solar kits to whole of the rural sector, especially for the poor in the old Praba turf.

      Your brethren who are on average 70 G Greenbacks a year wouldn’t have any worries ,coughing up enough dosh when they financed 14 Ships and two fixed wing Aircraft for Mr Praabakaran.

      You can get your NGO buddies to do the job,without the silly excuses like Rajapaksa nicking it.

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        Any equipment from overseas has to pass through Rajapaksa customs, which can levy a huge tax/tariff. So in the end the regime can deliberately put up roadblocks and make it very expensive for people trying to help.

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        ah sumanasekera why dont you do a noble deed and distirbute some of the ill gotten money you have on the solar panels mate!

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    Living in an Island he wants his white-elephant as we don’t have enough.

    Kodituwakku Try taking a swim- Delhi is not surrounded by water.

    Even London is looking at ways of using the Thames and it would be there soon. in a big way.

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    I just read through some of the comments And I am very sad about the pessimistic Lankan mindset.

    In my view the Writer has proposed a novel forward thinking idea for the improvement of quality of life of all Lankans. And in fact has offered contribution to make the project he proposed a reality.

    Different people may have different view points and different priorities but all must appreciate what the writer has proposed in good spirit, treating all citizen equally.

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      “And in fact has offered contribution to make the project he proposed a reality.”

      So you sound like the guy who felt optimistic when Sirima spoke of rice from the Moon.
      This white elephant is no better – Remember Tsunami your train and begging bowl. Very few nations are blessed with water all around.

      Try Norse Code maybe you win.

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    This arm-chair dreamer has £1000 to throw with his idiotic idea in the
    present circumstances. We have had enough white-elephants merely to
    earn the 10%, why follow the same line in the name of “devlopment”.

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    A fast train up to Jaffna certainly will help both the travelling public and the transport of much needed agricultural produce on the way. But we are, unfortunately, a resource-starved country and the
    first priority for the CM/NPC is to provide an average level of
    living – housing, water, health facilities, employment opportunities
    etc., to the Tamil people now emerging from the War. Upgrading Palaly airport to receive inter-continental flights direct and via Chennai/Mumbai from Europe and North America will both
    help the diaspora and the country’s exchequer. Until such time as this is done Sri Lankan Airlines should consider starting a Chennai/Mumbai to Palaly run. Such a step can also increase the smaller diaspora investors in financing housing, education, hospitals, holiday homes, small industries and so forth initially.

    But first it is up to the State to create goodwill and conditions in which both major communities trust each other to build a long, new and sustainable future.

    Senguttuvan

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      “to create goodwill and conditions in which both major communities trust each other to build a long, new and sustainable future.”

      What happens when two fat men run a race?

      One runs in short bursts and the other running in burst shorts.

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    It will be laughable to say that an electric railway system is the utmost priority to the suffering people of the North now!

    Sengodan. M

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    Whats wrong with our singhala friends.

    They are pushing all these fancy ideas for the Tamils
    when none of the Tamils have any desire for such matters at this time of their shattered lives?

    Even the young adults and students have not mentioned wanting carnivals,Electric Trains,Night Clubs and casinos for the NORTH.

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      ah the so called ‘sinhala friends’ are just trying to divert attention and live a life of fantasy!

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      traisn are for the north and the others are for the south.

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      Tamils are idiots who worship proba deiio

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        Then think about the Sinhalese who worship the Tamils

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        You worship dirty great big ones like us.

        Go jump is the sea amude abe.

        Hanuman ki Jai.

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    I can’t believe the racist comments made by fellow Tamil citizens, which reminded me the saying that ‘only to believe dead Tamil and one appear in a photograph’.

    Writer believes that Chief Minister Vigneswaran to be a moderate Tamil with a honesty and integrity and that has prompted him to made this gesture with a help out of his pocket to improve the quality of life of the fellow citizens in Jaffna.

    The way this offer is taken and treated with contempt by Tamils demonstrates that they still live in Prabakaran’s bunkers, dreaming of their own ‘homeland’ which in anyway would never succeed.

    Theses people who are not willing to live in harmony with majority Sinhalese, in my view, deserve nothing except ‘fast track to gallows’.

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      Mooodiya.

      “in my view, deserve nothing except ‘fast track to gallows’.”

      Give respect and get it back don’t ever demand from the native west.

      Go insulate your underpants to survive the electric chair or take some Gasoc.

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    Sumanasekere- cut the crap dear.you sound overbearing.
    Have you visited the North ever before the war.

    Some Tamils set up solar panels in the 80’s.They were happy with it.The dosh and the green? was out of their hard earned monies.

    You were the lucky guys that were given Rs 500 and a Free Ride paid by the Rajapakses to take a picnic run to the north on the A9 HIGHWAY.STUPID isn’t it?
    Development – SOLAR PANEL IN THE North in the 80’s OR A9 for a picnic RUN in 2005.

    You could have done buisness with your solar panel jargon.You sound as though you are the only dude who knows something about Solar panels.

    In the early 90’s one of them had to go to colombo to get some parts for the panel etc.
    The lorry with the home owner in it had all the paper work.At the army check point the entire lorry load had to be taken down because the uneducated army boys did not understand a crap on the buyers reciept never having heard about ‘solar panels’and confiscated the whole.

    Thanks for your crap jargon- I wish you were SITTING ON THE PANEL educating the army patrol units,the North would have been happy with so many solar panels etc and today independent of the Power from the south.
    If you were not born at that time then you have to be excused.
    Do you have an excuse?

    Did I see the set up in Jaffna -yes.Did I see it working YES.
    Was I living there – YES.
    Please feel free to ask ?

    God Bless Sri Lanka.

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      “I wish you were SITTING ON THE PANEL educating the army patrol units,”

      Gamme Gode Amude Sumane is the strongest animal in the world he carries his home

      on his back – the slime snail. He is just the incubator for wars.

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    Not to the gallows, the utterly selfish racist people should be given more appropriate treatment they rightly deserve.

    Their ideology and racist remarks suggests that they do not want to live in friendship with the Sinhalese majority, which makes up around 90% of the population.

    As one very correctly suggests they deserve not a fast track to Jaffna but as Prabakaran pleaded a fast track to guillotine.

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      If the majority are murderers what should they do , become murderers ?

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      “Not to the gallows,””a fast track to guillotine.”
      You both are trouble maker kallathonies go to Andaman (hanuman in Sanskrit) Island then you know who the real natives are. Lanka has always been the royal seepage of Baharat so we shall bless it by making it the one and only Sinhala Buddhist State of India then you better die in the stench.

      Alternatively get your amude electric proof because you are fit for the chair I See See.

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    For me this seems to be a good idea with far reaching effect.

    The question is whether the developed nations will extend their support to make it.
    I Hope Wigneswaran will show some interest in this mega venture, that would not only benefit the northern region to raise their quality of life but the country as a whole.

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      Thinking of using up land when you are blessed with water all around you is it just gameyata magic? Remember tsunami and your train. UK is the first in the world for trains and undergrounds learn something before commenting. Think of land use pollution etc.

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    Sending to the guillotine and thrown into lime pits,crash kills,w.vans
    are the order of the day in SOUTH SRI LANKA.
    Take care of your problems in the SOUTH.
    Send the perpetrators without due process.Never mind – by then they wouldn’t even know there was a due process.CJ’s would be gone.

    God Bless Sri Lanka

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    give them electricity and water ,,,,,they dont need electric train….they wont be able to afford the ticketprice to travel anyway

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    Interesting, but who is going to supply the US $2-5 million per 2 km to complete this tract? It will cost at least 1 billion US dollars to complete this project.

    The Electric line is for passenger transport,what is so commercially time sensitive to travel between Jaffna and Colombo? Or is it for the pure pleasure to travel fast?

    The heavy single gauge rail line is pragmatic and also the plans to develop Kandy-Kurunegala expressway system is much better option than planing for an electric line that will bankrupt the system.

    Please understand that president MR is a very pragmatic person, he would have listened to you if your suggestion made sense.

    Expressway for brisk transport and a rail line for heavy items is the choice.

    For a country that has a GDP of 40 billion US dollars it is difficult to do it any other way.

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      Aloka ,didn’t you get it.

      Sinhala Diasporian gives 1000 British Pounds and hoping the 600,000 TNGTE members will match or better it.

      That is nearly 6 times of what you have worked out,

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    Sure,yes,wonderfull to have the electric train running to the north.
    The pragmatic MR will sure get the Chinese to set it up or Russians.
    Let it come from any country,as long as we have the train to play with.

    God Bless Sri Lanka.

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    British Primier is expected visit the North. Best chance for NPC to seek UK assistance for the project which has a potential bring a big change to the quality of life of all people living in the North. Let’s see how well Wigneswaran will take up this challenge.

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    Some stupid racist fools utter rubbish in this CT forum, I hate to make comments here due to this.

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