Monday, November 30, 2009

Boost for eastern transport : Two rail bus services

The Government will open two new rail-bus services between Gal Oya and Trincomalee and Gal Oya and Batticaloa in the Eastern region under the Negenahira Navodaya project.
The project aims to provide quick and affordable convey facilities to commuters in the East.
A Sri Lanka Railway's Spokesman told the Daily News that the rail-bus repair proposed to operate between Gal Oya and Trincomalee will commence from the Gal Oya station once the Meenagaya train (Colombo-Batticaloa) arrived. The Trincomalee bound civilians have to wait nearly four hours at the Gal Oya position to go to Trincomalee. With the operation of this new rail-bus service from Gal-Oya to Trincomalee, they would reach the purpose within a short period.
Similarly, the rail-bus was from Gal Oya to Batticaloa will commence as of the Gal Oya station once the Trincomalee nighttime mail train (Colombo-Trincomalee) at home. The rail-bus to Batticaloa will benefit Batticaloa bound civilians.
He said three rail-bus services are in service from Batticaloa to Valachchenai, from Kurunegala-Anuradhapura, and from Polgahawela-Kurunegala.
The Railway Authority has conventional positive responses from the public on the process of rail-bus services as it has reduced travel time significantly he said.
The Indian Government has provided 10 buses at a cost of SLR 44 million to Sri Lanka Railways and has made obtainable an additional Rs. 22 million to pay for the price of change of these buses into rail-bus units.
The buses will be converted to rail-buses in the Railway clinic at Ratmalana under the management of the Railways universal Manager P.P. Wijesekara.
Eeach rail-bus will have two buses. A rail-bus comprising eighty seats approximation about Rs.6 million is easier to maintain, the Railway spokesman added.
Courtesy : Daily News

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