Sri Lanka: Omanthai railway station opened today after 21 years
Sri Lanka today extended the operations of the Yal Devi train up to the war torn Omanthai railway station after 21 years, said Sri Lanka Railway Department.
The reconstruction of the Northern rail track will be carried out in three phases. The operations of the railway line from Omanthai to Pallai is scheduled to be constructed as the next (2nd ) phase of the project to operate trains from Colombo to Kankesanthurai and laying of the rail track from Pallai to Kankasanthurai will take place under the third phase.
The rebuilt railway track from Thandikulam to Omanthai and the Omanthai railway station were declared open today by the transport Minister Kumara Welgama.
The cost of the entire Omanthai project is over 26 million rupees. The Omanthai railway station is the first in a series of stations that was built according to international standards.
Omanthai, around 10 kilometers north from Vavuniya in the Northern Province, was the last stronghold of the Sri Lanka state security forces during the ceasefire with the LTTE.
The rail track was demolished by the LTTE and beyond no trains operated beyond Omanthai for last 21 years.
The 159 kilo meters long Northern rail track consists of 85 bridges, 16 railway stations and 12 sub stations all of which need to be rebuilt.
- Asian Tribune -