After nearly three decades, the Yaal Devi train will again resume operations to Jaffna in October, according to Sri Lanka Railways Department and the Ministry of Transport.
The newly laid track featuring a modern signaling system, which is nearing completion, will allow passengers to travel to the destination at a speed of around 120 kilometres per hour.
The train service to Jaffna ended after the railway track was severely damaged following the 1985 attack in Elephant Pass by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This act of aggression by the LTTE was one of the primary factors that cut off all access between the southern and northern parts of the island. Since then, till 2009, traveling from the South to North – or vice versa – was an extremely difficult and dangerous journey. NPoA