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The first train operated from Beliatta to Matara this morning on the newly constructed Matara – Beliatta line with the participation of Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranathunga.

A large crowd lined up by the railway line and at the Wevurukannal Railway Station, which was the first half of the journey, to watch the maiden trip. The train that reached Wevurukannala Railway Station at 10.15am received with great ovation from the people.

Meanwhile, a group of individuals creating a tense atmosphere, hung a banner in the train carrying the picture of former President Mahinda Rajapakse by force when the train was about to leave the Beliatta Railway Station.

However, the train started after removing the poster. In a similar incident, the relatives of a worker of the Matara – Beliatta railway line project who died in an accident, obstructed the railway line demanding compensation for the deceased.

They allowed the train to proceed after Minister Ranathunga, who met them promised to look into the issue and do justice. (S. Galappatthi and Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk)

Pix by Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk

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  • DG Monday, 07 January 2019 08:13 AM

    This is not a private property/ service but it belongs to the country built using a huge commercial loan from China to be repaid by tax payers money.

    Dayawathie Monday, 07 January 2019 03:09 PM

    Ranathunga should not be there and Mahinda Rajapakse who started this project should be the one who should be there.

    sudath Monday, 07 January 2019 08:16 AM

    Why Ranathunga is there?

    Sunil Monday, 07 January 2019 09:14 AM

    To earn some praise that he does not deserve.

    Sri lankan Monday, 07 January 2019 09:39 AM

    If you have not read the news recently - he is the new Minister of Transport !!!

    justin Monday, 07 January 2019 01:57 PM

    rajapaksha doing everything by force ..... it is his culture .... his kids are same .....

    Manjula Monday, 07 January 2019 03:04 PM

    Is this the Dodangoda fellow of the so called trade union guiding the train


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