President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning inaugurated the 'Yal Devi' railway service at Omanthai travelling as its first passenger to the Kilinochchi railway station.
An LTTE bomb blast on the Yarl Devi, popularly known as the ‘Queen of Jaffna’, killed hundreds of civilians and 28 army personnel on January 19, 1985 bringing an end to a popular mode of travel to the North.
The Indian-based Ircon International was contracted to re-build the 62-kilometre Northern railway line from Omanthai to Kilinochchi at a cost of US$185 million.
The Sri Lanka Railways charges Rs.350 for a one-way third class reserved seat to either Colombo Fort from Kilinochchi or to Kilinochchi from Colombo Fort; Rs.550 is charged for a one-way second class seat while Rs.900 is charged for travel on the observation compartment.
Comments - 24
xlntgson Monday, 16 September 2013 06:06 AM
@ suk madikue! Note: I'm raring to go by train! Raring...
j Saturday, 14 September 2013 05:26 AM
Thanks to Great war hero Sarath Fonseka for your Contribution to this event.
Hk Saturday, 14 September 2013 05:30 AM
Election is ahead ! They should open long back without develop on other useless port n airport
ANTON Saturday, 14 September 2013 06:01 AM
WANAKKAM YAL DEVI !!!!
mala Sunday, 15 September 2013 08:22 AM
We salute you Mr President!
Hoodwinkedh Saturday, 14 September 2013 06:17 AM
Conveniently just in time for the elections to carry a train load of votes for the powers to be. Oh what a coincidence.
kasun Saturday, 14 September 2013 06:19 AM
we all sri lankans pay respect to great war hero GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA who led war victory
xlntgson Sunday, 15 September 2013 09:29 AM
One step, a giant leap to harmony. I'm raring to go to Jaffna!
Goofy Saturday, 14 September 2013 07:19 AM
Built by ICON an Indian company on a loan from India. What was he cost of the project and the technology delivered. In the era of IT there are rooms full of mechanical relays at stations. That is interesting.
tom Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:00 AM
Congadulation dear president... and 3 forces .... via DM Android App
Labby Saturday, 14 September 2013 07:26 AM
Built at a cost of Rs. 400 million per kilometre. Ok, this would include the cost of Signals, Crossings, Stations, Kickbacks etc etc. But still isn't that sum way too much ?
Jagath Leanagej Saturday, 14 September 2013 07:42 AM
We must thank Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC as they built Kilinochchi railway station from their CSR fund.
GonAliya Saturday, 14 September 2013 05:49 PM
Why did you wait to send trains until the election
Mendo Monday, 16 September 2013 07:54 AM
Gon Aliyas cannot understand that if someone does a good deed that person has a right to take the due credit as well. There is nothing wrong in that.
Suq Madique Sunday, 15 September 2013 11:51 AM
So? Take a bus!
Dammika Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:23 AM
Jagath Leanage Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:24 AM
Can you upload more pictures please.
nihal Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:52 AM
this a good move. we should praise the government for this effort
Eranga Monday, 16 September 2013 04:38 AM
It's written "Yazl Devi" and pronounced "Yaal Devi".. correct it Daily Mirror..
Murali Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:10 AM
why cant the lankan government let the locals build the tracks with the assistance from the indoan government,,,,, it would create more employment
Channa Asela Monday, 16 September 2013 05:15 PM
There were many elections before. Try to see the good side. 'Late is better than never !!!'
Channa Monday, 16 September 2013 05:18 PM
Whom should we thank for the track ??
Channa Asela Monday, 16 September 2013 05:19 PM
Nobody this this even at this cost. Please learn to appreciate !!!
Channa Asela Monday, 16 September 2013 05:22 PM
No elections daily unlike trains !!!
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