Sri Lanka Railways Test runs on the Omanthai – Kilinochchi Rail Track (Video – Photo Gallery)

Sri Lanka Railways Test runs on the Omanthai – Kilinochchi Rail Track :K.T.Rajasingham Reporting From Kilinochchi Railway Station
Colombo, 06 September, ( of Transport Kumar Welgama, as well as senior officials of the Ministry and Sri Lanka Railway are expected to conduct today another test run from Omantai to Kilinochchi railway station.

This will be the second test run and the first test run was conducted on 30 August.

During the first test run, the train left the Omanthai railway station at 9.30 morning and it reached Kilinochchi railway station at 10.10 a.m, on the same day.

According to Railway sources the train ran during the first test run on the newly built track up to a speed of 100 km per hour and found the track were laid to the specifications.

Asian Tribune visited Kilinochchi Railway Station and saw nearly 400 workers working in the railway station and rail track to enable Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to declare open the station on 14th of this month and the train services up to Kilinochchi and dedicate it to the people of the North.

In the inspection tour Asian Tribune met Lt.Col. Bandula Kodipilli overseeing his men laying grass on the frontage of the new Kilinochchi Railway Station.

The distance of the railway track from Omanthai to Kilinochchi is 63 kilometres. Construction of the track from Omanthai to Kilinochchi has been concluded under the first stage of the 150 kilometre railway line from Omanthai to Kankesanturai.

The train line is now being reconstructed by the India Railway Construction International Ltd. (IRCON) with the assistance of the Indian government.

Currently the trains operate from Colombo Fort Railway Station only up to Omanthai.

The construction of the whole Northern Line up to Kankasanthurai would be completed by the end of 2014 and all the previous railway stations which were destroyed during the conflict are to be reestablished Railway Ministry officials said.

Earlier, Tiger terrorists bombed the Yal Devi train at Kokavil on that day killing 34 passengers and destroying the tracks. The attack ended the north-south rail transport.

The terrorists uprooted the rail tracks to build reinforced underground bunkers.

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