The tense situation that prevailed at the Railway Department’s Head Office in Maradana today compelled the United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians who visited the office on a fact-finding mission to leave through the rear entrance.
Some people who were unhappy with the fact-finding mission had approached the General Manager’s Office as soon as MPs Ajith P Perera, Eran Wickramaratne, Ajith Mannaperuma, R Yogarajan and Harsha De Silva met the Deputy General Manager because the General Manager was not present at the time.
Meanwhile some protestors entered the building and approached the staircase shouting slogans and threatening to chase away the parliamentarians if they did not leave the premises.
Mr. Wickremeratne told Daily Mirror that the authorities took the visitors to the control room through another entrance.
Earlier the MPs took the train from Panadura Railway Station and got off at Bambalapitiya. Eran Wickramaratne, Ajith Perera and Yogarajan managed to get into a carriage amid the large crowds jostling each other but Ajith Mannapperuma and Harsha De Silva could not. They got into the next train. One man was heard asking the MPs to look into problems they faced as train travellers.
“Sir, look at what we are going through. Please do something,” this man pleaded. Some of the commuters who chatted with the MPs said the trains were delayed almost daily.
The MPs said there was insufficient investment for public transport and the services available at the stations were far from satisfactory. (Yohan Perera)
Comments - 18
Asaranakolla Monday, 11 August 2014 08:28 PM
This is very cheap action. Because of these types of people they protect corruption and they never let anyone to access to there place because they no that they will not survive if someone shows errors. Thats why that artists says may rate mini isso kelli inne pis is sue... via DM Android App
Don Don Monday, 11 August 2014 05:32 AM
Was there any sellam Pistols seen?
Azee Monday, 11 August 2014 11:18 AM
The railway workers may have been paid to stage the protest-otherwise what reason have they to protest via DM Android App
.P.Liyanage Monday, 11 August 2014 05:53 AM
Nobody would understand the requirements of railway passengers though they are (opposition parliamentarian or ruling parliamentarian and officials of CGR) on observation journeys. Everybody gives broken promises while officials of CGR do not provide efficient service. Actually this regime imported many or enough trains but they are not employed in suitable way.To whom may we complain.
Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 11 August 2014 05:56 AM
In fact they were on a finding mission since finders are keepers.
ABC Monday, 11 August 2014 11:41 AM
Why oppose if they have nothing to hide Most likely afraid of fact finding mission would reveal their inefficiency. via DM Android App
chandi Monday, 11 August 2014 06:42 AM
Sri Lankan demo----crazy....
world can learn from us ....who can stop international inqueries
Blu Blu Bla Bla Monday, 11 August 2014 06:43 AM
If Sri Lankan transportation become a private, then people will be have excellent service by every hands.
Roshan Monday, 11 August 2014 07:09 AM
instigating people against people. democracy and human rights in Sri Lanka
a Monday, 11 August 2014 07:13 AM
The UNP mps wont be losers if facts are not revealed, but the people.
a Monday, 11 August 2014 07:16 AM
the UNP MPs wont be the losers if the facts dont come out, but the people. Even worse, if a government is dishonest about money and admin, will it be honest about life and law?
kane Monday, 11 August 2014 05:11 PM
It shows the inefficient and political corruption of the government departments and corporations, when the employees who are also politically recruited engage themselves in this type of activities during their working hours, results in a loss of services and revnue to the country.
ANTON Monday, 11 August 2014 07:29 AM
DOES FACT FINDING MEAN "OPA DOOPA SEWEEMA" ?
lankaputhra Monday, 11 August 2014 12:41 PM
Those opposition MPs represent 1/3rd of the population.So they also have rights to speak on behalf of the innocent people of our country.
tony Tuesday, 12 August 2014 04:59 AM
OH!!! COME ON. DONT BE PETTY MINDED. WHY DONT YOU VISIT THESE PLACES AND FIND THE FACTS
Berty Doubtfire Monday, 11 August 2014 06:18 PM
1. Present GM of railways should resign as he is not fit. 2. someone of the same status as BD Rampala should be found. 3. All railway personnel need to be disciplined 4. Power of unions should be curtailed 5. Technically educated people should be employed. 6. Overtime shouild be cut
Exman Monday, 11 August 2014 07:58 AM
Of course they have been paid to protest if not nothing of such a manner will happen. The government can hide the truth from the people but only for a very limited time.
Dissa Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:41 AM
could we expect when they become governing body do they cure these problem ...... let see via DM Android App
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