Vavuniyaa residents appeal for resumption of train service
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 February 2008, 01:35 GMT]
A memorandum signed by more than one thousand civilians appealing to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to remove the obstacles faced by people in the north at the various check points including the one at Madawaachchi, and to recommence the services up to Vavuniyaa, was forwarded to Colombo Tuesday.
The signatures for the appeal were collected Tuesday from civilians in Vavuniyaa in the wholesale vegetable market and in Vavuniyaa town.
The collection of signatures was ceremoniously begun by P.H.Santhakumara, former Wanni District United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and the UNP organizer for Vavuniyaa district together with a number of religious leaders.
A large number of civilians and business men including vegetable traders placed their signatures and the campaign later spread to various parts of the town.
A delegation of prominent officials headed by Mr.Santhakumara handed over the memorandum Tuesday afternoon to Vavuniyaa Government Agent (GA), who promised to forward it to SL president with immediate effect.
Train services from Colombo to Vavuniyaa were suspended Sunday 03 February at Madawaachchi until further notice due to security reasons.
The measure was taken to tighten the security in Colombo in connection with the 60th Independence Day celebrations organized by the Government held on February 4,according to
sources in Colombo.