'Northern Railway a Milestone in India, Lanka Partnership'

Published: 14th October 2014 07:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2014 07:04 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

COLOMBO: The reconstruction of the Jaffna-Colombo railway line represents a milestone in historic partnership between India and Sri Lanka and would enhance connectivity between the two nations, Indian High Commission here has said.

"As Sri Lanka s closest neighbour and long-standing partner, India is prepared to extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka in fulfilling its aspirations for peace, harmony, national reconciliation and development," the High Commission said in a statement.

"The reconstruction of the Northern Railway line represents a milestone in this historic partnership between India and Sri Lanka.

"The completion of the Northern Railway line would also enhance connectivity between India and Sri Lanka. As part of this project, a pier is to be built at Talaimannar to enable resumption of ferry services between Rameshwaram and Talaimnnnar at an early date," the statement said.

It would also promote development, reconciliation and greater integration by bringing people in different parts of the island closer, it said.

The railway line constructed under the Indian credit line of USD 800 million yesterday saw the first train to Jaffna  in 24 years. The Colombo-Jaffna train service came to a halt in August 1990 when the LTTE bombed the Jaffna railway station.

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