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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2909

Resumption of Colombo-Talaimannar train services

Colombo, 06 April, (

After more than 24 years, direct train services between Colombo and Talaimannar resumed from April 2nd. The train will run on the newly completed railway track between Medawachchiya and Talaimannar.

Branching off the Northern Line at Medawachchiya Junction, the line heads north-west through North Central and Northern provinces before terminating at the town of Talaimannar. The line is 106 kilometres (66 mi) long and has 11 stations. The line opened in 1914.

Accordingly, four train services are scheduled to operate between Colombo Fort and the Talaimannar Pier daily. Two trains will leave the Fort railway station at 7.40 pm and 8.50 am daily, while two trains would operate daily from the Talaimannar Pier railway station at 10 pm and 10.15 am respectively.

Talaimannar Pier is Rs.740 per person for one way journey on first class while the second class fees will be Rs.420 and Rs.230 respectively.

Construction work of the Medawachchiya-Talaimannar Pier was carried out by IRCON International Limited, a government entity of the Indian Railways Ministry under the US $800 million Line of Credit, which has been extended by the Indian government on concessional terms.

The reconstructed railway line was commissioned by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 14. The completion of the railway line up to Talaimannar renews rail connectivity between Mannar and the rest of the country.

- Asian Tribune -

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