Rail-bus service inaugurated in Kandy

8 May 2016 07:37 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The rail-bus service between Kandy and Peradeniya was inaugurated last morning by Transport Services and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva.

Addressing the ceremony, he said he had decided to introduce a rail-bus service to ease the hardships faced by people due to the heavy traffic congestion in the main road between Kandy and Peradeniya. He said passengers in buses and other vehicles were held up for hours during rush hour and that the rail-bus service would come as a relief to them. He said the public had asked them to provide an additional train service between Kandy and Peradeniya in view of the inconvenience caused by the traffic congestion on the main road.

Railway officials said the rail-bus service would operate eight trips between Kandy and Peradeniya in the morning for the passengers' convenience.

The minister expressed dissatisfaction about the shortcomings and poor services at the Kandy railway station and warned the officials to take immediate steps to uplift the standards of the railway station which is used daily by thousands of people, including tourists. He instructed the stationmaster to close the substandard railway cafeteria and to refurbish it. The minister pointed out that common amenities, including toilets, were in a dilapidated state. He said he would make another visit soon to inspect the progress.

Chief Minister Central Province Sarath Ekanayake, Paliamentarian Luckie Jayawardene, General Manager Railways P.A.P.Ariyaratne and Secretary to the Ministry Nihal Somaweera were present at the occasion. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)

  Comments - 11

  • yuga Tuesday, 10 May 2016 03:24 AM

    This is a good move. But blaming the station master for everything is not a good thing. It is not his private property. The picture showing station master bend in front of the politicians is a disgrace to the whole nation.

    C.K.lankaputhra Monday, 09 May 2016 07:36 AM

    Good move. Make anothet one between Kandy and atleast up to Wattegama

    shifan Monday, 09 May 2016 08:02 AM

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    Silva Monday, 09 May 2016 09:01 AM

    Excellent, well done, lets show the world that we are second to known in innovation and technology ! Good luck

    Cryptic Monday, 09 May 2016 03:54 PM

    Good move appreciate it very much.

    nivek Tuesday, 10 May 2016 01:10 PM

    Nice concept. Nice job:)

    Rudy Hodgson Monday, 09 May 2016 05:10 PM

    This is indeed a good move and a step in the right direction. But the point is it should be an ongoing thing.

    Zifar Monday, 09 May 2016 05:27 PM

    Good move transport minister...I wish ministry officials visit other stations too....Just imagine Kandy is a well known city by th most of the country so we have tourist if this station in this filthy condition what about the rest!!!!I met many people from UK who visited sri lanka,"they said beautiful country but dirty very sad to hear that

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 09 May 2016 05:51 PM

    And also between Matale and Kandy during off peak hours.

    Mewan Monday, 09 May 2016 06:03 PM

    For this to be useful you have to have at least one in every ten minutes or so. That really necessitates double lines.

    Sherine Tuesday, 10 May 2016 03:52 PM

    Excellent work done Hon. Minister!! May the triple Gem Bless you.


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