Sampath Bank renovates Navatkuli railway station
Sampath Bank PLC contributed towards the restoration of the Navatkuli
railway station, a key station on the Yal Devi route connecting Jaffna
and Colombo, which resumed services after 24 years.
The station was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He also
performed the first transaction at the Sampath ATM at the station.
Sampath Bank took up this CSR initiative under the name 'Emblem of
Hope', to improve the socio-economic conditions in the northern region.
The restoration of the Navatkuli railway station was a reiteration of
the bank's commitment to deliver sustainable solutions to improve the
lives of all citizens. This initiative was a distinctive part of the
Uthuru Mithuru program, launched by the Government in March 2009 to
re-build the lives of civilians which was shattered during the nearly
three decades of terrorism.
With over 100,000 residents in the immediate vicinity of the
Navatkuli railway station, Sampath Bank hopes that the 'Emblem of Hope'
will be a social investment that contributes towards the empowerment of
all stakeholders in the Northern Province.
Sampath Bank, Deputy General Manager, Marketing and Business
Development, Tharaka Ranwala said, "Terrorism resulted in a ravaged
North and the East, with most of the railway stations destroyed.
Sampath Bank has through its numerous CSR initiatives such as the
'Emblem of Hope', willingly embraced the national priority of
sustainable development of infrastructure in the Jaffna region."
"This initiative goes beyond a mere CSR project, as Sampath Bank
genuinely aims at touching the hearts of the local community and
contribute towards improving their lives. The Bank hopes that this
commitment will foster the development of a lasting relationship with
the people," he said.