Yal Devi train travels to Kilinochchi

Saturday, 14 September 2013 - 19:13



The Yal Devi train will travel from Omanthai to Kilinochchi today for the first time in 23 years.


President Mahinda Rakapakse is scheduled to hand over the Kilinochchi train station to the public and the Yal Devi train is scheduled to depart from Colombo Fort at 5.45am to Kilinochchi daily.


With the emergence of terrorist activities the Yal Devi train’s activities were disrupted from time to time and the train’s activities ground to a complete halt in 1990.


The first time the Yal Devi train plied from Colombo to Kankasathurei was in 1956.


In 1985, approximately 100 individuals died as a result of the bomb attack carried out by the LTTE on the Yal Devi train.


Meanwhile, the Chunnakkam sub station will be commissioned for public use thereby providing electricity for the North from the South for the first time in two decades.


23 years ago the Lakshapana power plant supplied electricity to the Jaffna peninsula and due to LTTE activities the supply of electricity was terminated.


63 mega watts of electricity will be routed through the Chunnakkam sub station to the Jaffna peninsula and that electricity will be distributed amongst 120 thousand households.


Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated that apart from residencies small and medium scale enterprises will be provided electricity as well.