21 October, 2021

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Light Railway System For Jaffna Peninsula

By Gnana Sankaralingam

Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

This proposal is for construction of light railway system for Jaffna peninsula, which when is fully operational, will boost local economy and pave the way for other infrastructure schemes. 

Jaffna peninsula is the second most densely populated region in Sri Lanka next to Colombo district. It also has within its limited territory airport, harbour, university with almost every faculty, teaching hospitals, government institutions and industrial zones similar to Colombo district. Thus a light railway system to cover important parts of the peninsula is a prudent and pragmatic proposal, which will make travelling easy for people living there. Jaffna peninsula is also a built up area, less compact than Colombo district, which could pose problem due to opposition by people when their property is encroached by the tracing of the routes. Due to concentration of middle class families in the peninsula, system would be widely patronised, though may be expensive than bus journey. 

To construct a railway, cheapest is the ground level, but in an area like Jaffna peninsula, it could be costly due to large sums paid as compensation. Tunnelling would be very expensive both in construction and maintenance though it could be confined to areas around city centre. So the best is an elevated railway built on concrete pillars with parallel lines. If tracing is done along broad roads, it could minimise disturbance to existing structures and displacement of people, unless there are any unavoidable cross country links needed between important landmarks. To get around disruption and displeasure, state land must be used to erect structures and compensation paid to people at market value, as much as possible. Plan is drawn to build four corridors taking these points into account.

Jaffna to KKS route is the busiest road in the peninsula, and in the future it is to be widened as multi-lane dual carriageway with fly overs at important intersections. Therefore it is best avoided as pillars for railway along middle of that road will hinder plans to convert it into a fast highway. Jaffna to Palaly road should also be reserved, to develop it as an access route to airport. Other major ones like Manipay, Pt. Pedro and Kandy roads could be used if required. Jaffna to KKS surface railway line can be closed and existing path be used to construct one of the corridors. Track from Jaffna to Palai will be retained for double tracking in the future, but land reservation along its route could be used. As tracing will be along Jaffna to Kandy road, new expressway is needed to be built to replace it.

Land around the present Jaffna railway station could be used to construct central interchange which would be bounded on the north by Stanley road, south by end of Station road and in west and east by railway property. This will be convenient for passengers, as all four routes are planned to run over this square. Two lines running from west to east will be at level one and other two running from north to south will be at level two. Concourse will be built at ground level below, with walkways and elevators connecting platforms of all four routes, and will provide facilities such as electronic boards of train times, shops, canteens, waiting rooms and toilets. New terminus for surface railway could be constructed east of the square, which would be developed into an eight platform transport hub.

To cut down on expenditure on infrastructure, common design of stations should be developed and used wherever possible. For security reasons, it is advised to have single point for entry and exit, which will also help in having to install only one pair of escalators at each station. Lands allocated for stations would be 150 meters long, while small stations with two lines and a single platform could be 12 meters wide and big stations of four lines with two platforms could be 24 meters wide. Platforms could be of 120 meters in length to accommodate eight car trains, and a further 30 meters would be for the concourse with escalators and ticket hall. For level two stations, either a single long escalator be used or two short ones, one between levels two and one and other from level one to ground.

Level one would be fifteen feet above ground to clear tall vehicles, while level two is designed to be fifteen feet above level one, in case a decision is made to have overhead power lines rather than electrifying the tracks. For clearing between level one and two, 400 meters is allocated in the tracing so that the gradient will be 1 in 88. Effort has been taken to keep lines straight and have wide curves as much as possible. To provide connectivity between corridors, four other interchanges have been designed, in which trains on different lines arrive at adjacent platforms, so that passengers need not have to cross over, and there are four more points for changing among lines. At the terminus, tracks could be lowered along 1: 44 gradient to ground level and land around used for parking of trains.

The whole project of constructing four corridors to cover the peninsula will take about 10 years, and therefore it is best that they are done one by one, starting with KKS to Palai line, that is unlikely to give much problem about land acquisition, as it would be following existing surface railway route for most of its journey. While doing the first corridor, land acquisition for other three should be done to prevent delays in their construction. Also infrastructure should be planned to accommodate other three lines where they cross or share same station with the first, to execute the scheme in an orderly manner. Service depots at ground level for each of these corridors, with ability to park sixteen trains could be located in Vadamaradchy and Thenmaradchy regions where adequate land is available. 

This project will generate employment to local people not only within the system but also in the support services. Construction will need large amounts of prefabricated concrete structures which if made in the peninsula will save cost in transporting from elsewhere. Facility to turn out them should be established near KKS cement factory which would give jobs to further number. Workshops should be set up to produce metallic, wooden and plastic accessories for infrastructure instead of importing them. These institutions could be used even after completion of this project for providing services in the future. Shops could be  built on lands below tracks and rented to bring additional revenue to the system and benefit so gained passed to customer by subsidising fares to make it affordable. 

Land surveys and soil testing have to be done for finalising the tracing and for suitability to erect pillars, and action taken to remedy problems to make it feasible. Power supply centres independent of national grid have to be built along routes to ensure smooth running. Getting funds for the project from international agencies would not entail difficulty, as it is bound to be a profitable venture.

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    yeah why not. good way to use Diaspora $ .. but ofcourse this will never happen

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      Tamil Diaspora doesn’t have money. Only the LTTE Diaspora has the black money. That is why the Rajapaksas facilitated “money laundering” in the Budget-2021, which was an unprecedented move.
      On one hand, the Rajapaksas are pitting Sinhalese against Muslims and Tamils and on the other hand they try to “ban” TNA, which is LEGITIMATELY elected by Tamil voters, in order to accommodate LTTE Diaspora in the North and East.
      Watch out! “All that glitters is not gold.”

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        Dear Champa

        Be positive pls.

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        Champa

        “Tamil Diaspora doesn’t have money. Only the LTTE Diaspora has the black money.”

        I am glad you are able to see the difference between Tamil Diaspora and LTTE Diaspora. Rajash is part of Tamil Diaspora who is filthy rich. I am guessing he uses his gold urinal in his attached bath. If begged he is willing to pay state’s one year loan repayment commitment.

        By the way public racist Weerasekera wants all Tamil Diaspora monies confiscated and transferred to Sri Lanka (its is not clear whether to his bank account or clan’s account). Do you think the dispora should loose its hard earned wealth to the practicing racist.

        “….. other hand they try to “ban” TNA, which is LEGITIMATELY elected by Tamil voters, in order to accommodate LTTE Diaspora in the North and East.”

        The government could do anything as it has won parliamentary elections with 2/3 majority and only 43 % of the popular votes. The government could abolish the constitution and then crown Gota as the lifetime emperor of this island. What are you going to do to stop this man ruling this little island forever?

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      a14455, yakko is Colombo being developed with diaspora money? Dumb s*it. Everytime something good happens in Jaffna, right away racist low lives like you bring the ethnicity in there.

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        I guess a lot of talk and no action.

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          Yakoo a14455, the times when the racists among the majority telling the minorities what to do in the country are long gone. It will never happen again. Maybe in the circus called Sri Lanka you maybe able to bully the minorities, but if you open your filthy mouth abroad, you might get a severe ass whooping. Idiot, do you really think LTTE simply sprouted out for no reason. This menace was created by the actions of the majority. For 30 years, everyone suffered because of the successive racist GOSL, and all other militants including the JVP. Not every Tamil who lives abroad is sick like you. Majority of the Tamils don’t want a separate state and promoting that idea itself is a very selfish idea. But assholes like you will keep that candle lit forever and give reason for that ideology to survive. Idiot!!!! Go and bury your empty head in a hole and pretend the world is beautiful.

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            There there no need to get your panties in a bunch.

            All I said is that all the millions of dollars that were put into building takaran planes and suicide boats could have been used for this project the Jaffna peninsular may have had some nice infrastructure. It is still not too late .

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              a14455, it is you who wears panties and may get that in a bloody knot. So relax!!! If the successive GOSL have treated the minorities including the rural Sinhala youths kindly, all these uprisings (JVP + all Tamil militancy) would have never taken place. Suicide boats + tin planes are a result of what the racists among the majority did to the minorities. How many Sinhala youths did the Premadasa government murder? How do you propose to respond to that? What did the rural Sinhala youths rise up against the government and destroy everything in the south? Why did the Tamil militancy start? Think with your pea sized brain and come back and tell me your lovely story. It is people like you who keep the terrorist financiers of the west alive. These fellows who support the LTTE from abroad don’t give a damn about the poor Tamils in SL, remember many of these fellows are living in mansions in Canada…………..20% collected funds were taken by them, all LTTE run businesses are now owned by these hoodlums. Why do you think this is happening?

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        Dr G S has set a good example and we should all use our full and detailed ID and wonderful names and titles given by our parents to introduce our self’s? Well spotted SM too.

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    It does not make any sense to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure and/or development projects in the occupied territories.

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    Dear Dr GS

    (1) do we have a conceptual/feasibility study work we can make reference to etc??gut feeling is the light rails system ‘provisions for future installation” should be made now as part of the city planning/foot print but should develop all other infrastructure to serve the masses now and then move to the LRT’s etc?

    (2)Would this be electric system or diesel power engines??

    (3) Would it be better if we use electric “bus” system? We should move away from diesel; systems altogether.

    (4) any local planning for power generation from nuclear (Russians have sea based floating modular nuclear plants in the artic etc we can park 3-4 around our SL will be sufficient former development, sea based windmills in park strait, solar etc.

    (5) there should a overall high level study work (help fromJaffna University and other world universities in City Planning together) in power generation, water and waster water management, mapping out the resources, fisheries, agriculture planning, environmental planning, science and technology incorporation scope for futuristic development before we start on new ventures??

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      1 – I have initiated a discussion on this giving my views. It is up to surveyors, soil experts and structural engineers to make fine tuning. People should be made aware of this system and the possibility of property of some being acquired to execute it.
      2 – Have you ever come across any such scheme running with diesel trains.
      3. Main purpose is to circumvent traffic jam and electric buses are not going to solve it.
      4 – I have mentioned of a power supply independent national grid. This need not be diesel or coal powered. With plenty of wind and sunlight in the peninsular, wind power plants could be built and solar panels installed on roof of every station and other buildings.
      5. This is my brain child which I have presented to the future generation of Tamils and it is up to the experts in Jaffna peninsula to take it up. Do not be a spoil sport just because someone else had come up with an excellent suggestion.

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        Dear GS

        It was a positive feed back and a very innocent one too wanting to learn and share our thoughts. However your responses seem to carry some other intent and then goes onto say is your brain child etc?? Is this means no one else involved in this work? You are asking the GOSL to provide this? Are you going to present the study work by any consultant to the GOSL?

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          There was no one else involved in this proposal and hence I have the honour to call it as my brain child. I kept is to myself, taking the advice that too many cooks will spoil the soup. This is modeled on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway. No one else had proposed it before and hence it is a pioneering work done by me.

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            Respect.

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    The reason we need to have a sustainable and proven source if Electricity before we can electrify anything otherwise this will become the white elephant? therefore we need to develop few things including industrial hubs and have them supplied with electricity then move to LRT etc? un til then it will be great to have electric bus system that will help us quantify demand in the public sector by using electrified trans[port of buses etc…will also create technology related job in the bus transport?? we could also invite some international battery technology people to invest in some R&D work/battary produces lion for the regional hub for solar systems/buses/bikes/cars etc??

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    We could consider promoting E biles and electric schoolers as part of the transport solutions as most of the destinations are easily covered. by bikes but requiring bicycle paths/rest areas/charge points etc. We could develop a serious tree lined spaces for walking and cycling long distances to help our people lead a sustainable and healthy life on a long run.

    An unbiased study work in conjunction with the overall SL mass transport plan will identify the LRT in the right place regard to timely installation and commissioning for use?

    Our SL transport department/LEB involvement/input in the study work for the local planning (I assume will be done by the Municipality (as there will be no NPC soon) or the District Development Council scenario??

    Am not sure if the GOSL will allow us to Preempt the constitution making with the LRT discussion?

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      My proposal is unbiased and presented after hours of study on the subject, and is in the right place regarding to timely installation and commissioning for use. Do you want people of Jaffna to remain primitive riding bicycles or go up on high tech transport. Since Rajapakse brothers are saying that they want to achieve reconciliation with Tamils through development, they must undertake such mega projects rather than rehabilitating roads and repairing tanks. Tamils should bombard the government with such mega development schemes and expose to the world about their hollow claims, that they are only prepared to set up big projects in the south and not for the benefit of Tamils.

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        Glad to see an article from you Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam.
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        It’s also brought us a photograph of you. I wish more of those who comment would write the occasional article.
        .
        assessing the feasibility of the project is beyond me, and I won’t attempt it.

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          S.M.
          Note the Gold Blue and Gold tie!

          Like Alfred Doolittle…….

          I am Whaiting to write….
          I am Willing to write…..
          I am whanting to write…..

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        Racist separatist Tamil politicians who passed the Vaddukkodei Resolution to create a separate State for the descendants of Dravidians brought to Yapanaya by colonial rulers and urged Tamil youths to take up arms to achieve their dream are responsible for the birth of Tamil terrorist outfit LTTE that terrorized the people in this country for three decades. Because of the decision taken by these politicians the Government of Sri Lanka had to spend a huge amount of scarce resources to get rid of the menace they created. LTTE also destroyed infrastructure in the country. Restoring or rebuilding those infrastructure facilities also cost a huge sum of money. If the Government did not have to use scarce resources of the country to eliminate LTTE Tamil terrorists those resources could have been used to develop the country. After wasting scarce resources of the country due to stupid decision taken by racist separatist Tamils now Tamils say the Government is not paying attention to develop the North.
        Even when the Government allocated money dumbo politicians returned that money to the treasury without investing the money for the benefit of the people in the North.
        Keep on blaming the Government and Sinhalayo.

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          Mahindapala, do not worry about SL not having money to execute this project. There are two ways by which it could be done free of charge::
          1. Let China build it and pay off debt by giving Kachchativu to China on a 99 year lease, where they could spy on India, destabilize it and break it up.
          2. Let India do it on Build, Own and Operate (BOO) basis on a 99 year lease and to guard their property will have permanent presence of their troops.
          SL government which needs to please both cannot say no.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
            Sinhalayo prefer the first option!

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              Mahindapala, unfortunately for the Sinhalayos, the second is going to happen. India is waiting for a chance to come in and this is a god send proposal for them to force Sri Lanka to agree. Rajapakses cannot hoodwink India for a long and time is up for them. Tamil politicians and civil society members from Jaffna should liaise with India to implement it.

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    The study work should incorporate the LRT net working to greater extent covering the entire Jaffna Peninsula/Islands etc as population growth will cover the landscape very soon (not limited to town centre and airport runs) with minimal agricultural land left…mostly fisheries depended and small industry dependent economy.

    The land shortage will become a serious issue once all the diaspora will return home and the upcountry and Jaffna tamils who live down south will be returning home, Muslims and Sinhalese also be settling in Jaffna….all this has to be factored into the study please.

    Recent rainy season we were easily flooded through out the landscape and may be an elevated mono rail system will help us too. Consideration for loss of land by erosion and land fluidisation due to water tables etc need to be studied too for the elevated system.

    We should have a website where we can park various study work for public consultation/comments.

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      There are four corridors planned which will cover almost the entire peninsula.
      1. KKS to Palai from KKS along the present railway route up to Jaffna / Pungankulam and deviating along A9 to cover Kaitadi, Nunavil etc and rejoining at Chavakachcheri station and proceeding along railway route to terminate at Palai.
      2. Point Pedro to Karainagar along Jaffna – Pt. Pedro Road to Nelliady, deviating to cover Udupiddy and back to the main road at Vallai, deviating to cover Achuveli town and back again till Nallur and then cross country to Kachcheri station into Jaffna and then to Bazaar, Navanthurai, Thattatheru, then along Manipay road to Anaicoddai deviating to cover Navali, then on to Sudumalai and along Manipay road to Chittankerni, Moolai and Karainagar.
      3. Starting from Point Pedro running along coast to Valvettithurai, Thondamanaru, Valalai to Palaly and then along Jaffna to Palaly road till University and deviating to cover Nallur to Jaffna and then southwards to courts, fort along causeway to Mandaitivu, Velanai and again crossing sea to Araly, Chitankerni, Pandatharippu and terminating at Mathagal.
      4. Starting from Valvettithurai to Nelliady to Thunnalai, Varani, Sarasalai and to Chavakachcheri then along Railway route to Navatkuli deviating to Ariyalai, Columbuthurai, Passaiyoor, Chundikuli, Gurunagar, Sinnakadai, Jaffna, Anaipanthi, Vannarponnai, Thattatheru, then running parallel and west of KKS road to Chunnakam, deviating to Kantharodai, Masiyapiddi, Alaveddi, Ambanai, Ilavalai and terminating in Keerimalai.
      At the Jaffna central interchange, 1 and 2 will run from west to east direction at level one and 3 and 4 will run from north to south direction at level two. There will be four step free access at Chithankerni between 2 and 3, at Thattatheru between 2 and 4, Chavakacheri between 1 and 4 and Nelliady between 2 and 4. Four more at Point Pedro between 2 and 3, Valvettithurai between 3 and 4, Navatkuli between 1 and 4 and Kachcheri between 1 and 2 will need for passengers to cross using escalators/ stairways.
      You could see that people can travel any where in the peninsula just be getting into one of them and switching at one or more convenient points to their intended destination.

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        Dr GS

        Thank you for the details above. I also note my Village Karainagar also included is very cool.

        Can I participate in these meetings/planning as well please.

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          In fact there are two stations planned for Karainagar at one kilo meter apart. Karainagar East near Hospital / Hindu College and Karainagar West 100 meters west of post office.

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            Dr GS

            Excellent. Would this be round trip? so this can replace the bus service? they could alternate one goes through Manipai and the other via Vaddukottai?

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              Of course yes. The four interchanges at the periphery are not only for passengers but also could be used to switch lines. At these interchanges, points would be installed for trains to change from one corridor to another. For smooth running during rush hours it is better to stick to single corridors, but in off peak hours this could be done. Also these points will help if there is a problem in one line, where trains could be diverted to their destination through another corridor. For example if there is a breakdown on Pt. Pedro line at Kopay, trains from Pt. Pedro can be switched at Nelliady to line 4 and proceed to Chavakachcheri and switch to line 1 and proceed to Jaffna and switch back to original line and continue the way to Karainagar. If you analyse, you will find that it is brilliantly thought, planned and presented..

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    We can form consultancies/engineering companies on respective sectors ourselves to do the conceptual/feasibility study work, Front End Design, Detail design Engineering etc for each sector Nationally and Internationally as required. The speciality rain building, installation and commisioning may have to come from the established respective manufactures where we insist they maximise local talents. Local talents have to be Brough back to the areas from various parts of the world as is important we do not simply import more migrant workers specially after loosing so many people due to war.

    Other Nations do not have this issues as they did not go through the same journey as only the excess workers left for green pastures elsewhere. Now we have a bunch of lazy lot with no hope and opportunity loitering around in foreign money.

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      Venugopal, responding to your question of routing trains from Karainagar to other places,
      1. If you want to send it along Pt. Pedro line via Achuveli etc, train from Karainagar goes to Chitankerni, takes Manipay branch to Thattatheru where it takes Navanthurai branch to Jaffna and goes along Pt. Pedro line via Achuveli.
      2. If you want to send it to Palai, train goes to Jaffna like in 1, and changes to Palai line.
      3. If you want to send it along Pt. Pedro line via Palaly etc, train from from Karainagar goes to Chittankerni, takes Velanai branch to Jaffna via pannai causeway from where it proceeds to Palalay and Valvettithurai to Pt. Pedro.
      4. If you want to send it to Valvettithurai via Chavakachcheri. train from Karainagar goes to Chittankerni where it takes Manipay branch to Thattatheru, where it takes Vannarponnai branch and proceeds all the way to Valvettithurai.
      5. Regarding circle routes you can have a short one from Karainagar to Jaffna and back and Mathgal to Jaffna and back, and a long circle one from Pt. Pedro to Jaffna along one line and from Jaffna to Pt. Pedro on the other line.

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    The list of terms that the author resorts to in his responses to people comes to mind.
    To be polite, may I ask if the man serious?

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      Cry baby Sivasegaram, you are capable only for two cents worth comments.

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        GS
        I am being generous.
        The article is worth even less than that.

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          Kazuthai Ariyuma Katpura Vasanai.

          From when you started evaluating engineering article?

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            Mallaiyuran, this Sivasegaram fellow cannot understand what is written. That is why people call him an intellectual idiot.

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              GS
              You sound more desperate than usual.
              Be cool, it helps

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                “You sound more desperate than usual.” Ha Ha Ha ha…..
                Guys please read below how an Engineering teacher is analyzing an LTR project!

                BTW, GS
                It is not “kilo meters” but” kilometers”

                May I ask which school you have been teaching Mr. Chaff please? There was a Engineering faculty? Will a dhoby hire those kids instead of donkey? Why you all, because of Badiyudeen sin, go into academical institutions and burn down the promising youngsters’ future?
                Why do you struggling to get into this, please? “Naai Enn Paur Thengai?”

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                  Mallaiyuran separating Kilo from meters is the work of the computer which puts a red line when you combine them.

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    ” The list of terms that the author resorts to in his responses to people comes to mind.
    To be polite, may I ask if the man serious?”

    “To be polite,” What is the meaning of that? Is that telling that you only write vile all other times? Don’t try to be Kamalahsan- Sivajiganesan, super actors.

    That Dr never pretends to be polite while writing worst vile & insults, unlike some are here in CT. He is out spoken, open minded & honest. He never hide behind others ass. Further, he doesn’t go to pat on others back to invite to form a gang. He has independent opinion and write independently, doesn’t go to pat others buttock to invite them to form gang for your safety.

    Please show respect to others, instead of your heavy hardheadedness under bogus lines and seeking big feigns to hind behind.
    Learn to be straight forward in your talks, please don’t sit in the gallery & hoot while others talk, unnecessarily.
    Now to ask you a question about of your poisonous question, Can please explain why that question is coming to your mind if he is serious? You think that you are too big and knocking down him with one blow?

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      Removing italics
      Sorry!

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    Light Railway System for Jaffna Peninsula proposed by Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam is a need of the hour would be welcomed by all walks of lives. Present system of railway is an old age system not expanded not even by an inch but yet it is the National Railway. Kudos to Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam for his bold move and it seems he had put in lot of studies of feasibility. Incorporating Kilinochchi would make it more viable proposition commercially as it is the rice bowl of North. We wish all political entities should join hands to spearhead this project.

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      I heard that for route planning of a single line in Colombo light railway system of 25 kilo meters from Malabe to Fort, they spent one million US dollars. Here I have done route planning for four routes each of more than 50 kilo meters, free of charge. Despite there will be many who will not appreciate it. It is to be noted that several Sinhala engineers have asked me how did I do it. Killinochchi via Elephant pass will be linked by surface railway which will be double tracked and upgraded. It will have only one station between Jaffna and Palai at Chavakacheri to incorporate a branch line to Pooneryn and Mannar via Sangupiddy. Since it will run express from Jaffna to Palai and then slow stopping at Elephant pass and Paranthan, travelling time between Jaffna and Killinochchi will be less than the time taken by light railway to travel from Jaffna to Palai stopping at several stations. So it is best to leave out Killinochchi. People from Killinochchi once they reach Palai, they can get into the system.

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    The doctor is desperate that nobody has taken his ‘grand plan’ seriously.
    (TV in his inimitable fashion tried to, but soon dropped it like a hot brick with “Now we have a bunch of lazy lot with no hope and opportunity loitering around in foreign money”).
    Poor KP was nice and asked for an extension to Kilinochchi, only to be duly ticked off that the paddy cultivating peasants should take the train to Palai if they want a ticket to ride the LRS.
    *
    Will someone give a helping hand?
    *
    BTW, GS
    It is not “kilo meters” but” kilometers”

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      For your information, both kilo meters (American) and kilometers (British) are correct. Please read the heading which says light railway system for Jaffna Peninsula and Killinochchi is out of it. I gave my explanation which has been accepted. In London network, it is around greater London only and those who are outside it, have to travel to the nearest station on the system. If they want the lines to be extended to their villages, London underground will not agree. 90% of travelers from Killinochchi go to Jaffna and I have explained that they will have a faster method using surface railway. When he has accepted that explanation, why are you getting worried. Problem with you Sivasegaram is that you are jealous that despite you being an engineer, you could not come out with such a masterpiece and slinging mud with puerile comments. Again it is you who is desperate to scuttle this. Sinhala engineer in Srilanka who was impressed by this told me that he will try to get India to do it on BOT (Build Operate and Transfer) basis. Sinhala doctor from USA wanted me to patent it as some one may pinch it, and I told them this is my gift to Tamils in Jaffna. Hang your head in shame Sivasegaram.

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    I m not sure, a pie in the sky fantasy of a racist medical man trying to be an expert in something he does not know critiqued by a mechanical engineering professor.

    hmm who should I believe,

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      a14455
      You have rightly named it “a pie in the sky fantasy”.
      So, whom you believe should not matter.

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      a14455,
      Don’t dream big, but keep standing on your own(one) leg, as usual. Problem solved!

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