After a 23 year absence from the railways, the famous ‘Yal Devi’, the train linking Jaffna with Colombo, returned to her home station-Jaffna Railway Station bringing President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport. With the arrival of the ‘Yal Devi’ the President ceremonially opened the Jaffna Railway Station for operations, re-establishing bonds between the South and the North.
The President also declared open the ATM that Bank of Ceylon (BOC) installed on the station premises. Air Chief Marshal Harsha Abeywickrema, Chairman – BOC, members of the Board of Directors at BOC, and D M Gunasekera, General Manager was present at the occasion. The Bank of Ceylon partnered with The Sri Lanka Railways by making a significant investment in building the Jaffna Railway Station as a CSR activity.
BOC in partnership with the Government’s North development programme ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’, has introduced a unique set of very special SME projects, awakening North by rebuilding the lives of people. With the success of the phase I, the bank has now moved into the Phase II of these projects while enjoying the simple pleasure of seeing northerners benefiting from the banks’ initiatives.