Colombo, Jan 27 (PTI) A new passenger train, funded by the Indian government, was inaugurated between Sri Lankan capital Colombo and the northern city of Kankesanthurai on Sunday. Also Read - Rs 20,000 Cr Tax Dispute Case: Vodafone Wins Arbitration Against India, Govt to Pay Rs 40 Cr as Administrative Cost

The Indian High Commission here said that the new Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU), a 13-coach train set, was procured under Indian concessional financing by Sri Lanka Railways. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

President Maithripala Sirisena, in the presence of Indian High Commissioner Taranjt Singh Sandhu, flagged off the train at the Colombo Fort main railway station. Also Read - IPL 2020: BCCI Gets Government Approval to Stage IPL in UAE, Says League Chairman Brijesh Patel

The contract agreement for supply of six DMUs and 10 locomotives to the Sri Lanka Railways was signed in March 2017. The total contract is worth USD 100 million, the Indian High Commission said.

India has so far committed lines of credit worth USD 1.3 billion for the development of Sri Lanka’s railways.

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