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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Jaffna – Colombo Train Services from 15 September

Colombo, 29 July (

Colombo Train Services from 15 September as the reconstructed railway line up to Jaffna would be completed by September.

The train services which were suspendeed for nearly 30 years due to LTTE terrorists activities expected to resume its normal operations from 15th September, the Ministry of Transport said.

The Northern Railway Line from Vavuniya to Kankasanthurai in the northern most tip of the island was completely destroyed by the Tamil Tiger terrorists during their reign. The rebels uprooted the rail tracks to build reinforced underground bunkers.

The rail line is being reconstructed in stages by the India Railway Construction International Ltd. (IRCON) with the financial and technical assistance provided to Sri Lanka from India.

Tamil Tiger terrorists bombed the Yal Devi train at Kokavil on January 19, 1985 killing 34 people and destroying the train tracks. The attack effectively ended the north-south rail transport.

After the war ended in May 2009, the train services recommenced operations to Thandikulam on June 6, 2009 and then extended its run to Omanthai on May 29 of 2011. It commenced services to Kilinochchi in September 2013 and extended the service to Pallai in March this year.

- Asian Tribune -

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