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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

Yal Devi train back to the North

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 07 June, (Asiantribune.com): The Yal Devi train, which commenced operations to the Northern part of Sri Lanka, earlier suspended for the past twenty years beyond Vavuniya resumed operations this morning up to Thandikulam from the Colombo Fort Railway Station amidst cheers from a multi-ethnic gathering present to witness the occasion.

The train was suspended in 1989 after the LTTE blasted the rail track beyond Vavuniya railway station using high explosives.

Thereafter, the terrorists caused damaged to this rail line at regular intervals even after railway authorities repaired the track with the hope to resume the service.

Transport Minister, Dallas Alahapperuma and several other ministers were present to witness today's departure of the train to Thandikulam.

The rail track from Vavuniya to Thandikulam was repaired within two months to recommence operations.

When the Yal Devi first left to Jaffna in 1956, Communist Party stalwart, late Pieter Kueneman described the train service as the 'life line' that linked the Sinhala and Tamil people of one nation.

Two months ago, President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspecting the feasibility report on the plan to repair the track up to Jaffna, described the Yal Devi train service as the heart beat of the nation.

- Asian Tribune -

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