Fifth rail bus service begins in Lanka

PTI Colombo | Updated on May 30, 2011 Published on May 30, 2011

Funded by India, a new rail bus service commenced in Sri Lanka’s eastern province with the flagging off the fifth rail bus.

The service was inaugurated at Galoya Railway station by Mr Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Chief Minister of Eastern Province.

The Government of India had undertaken to supply five rail buses for the Eastern Province. Four such rail buses are already running between Trincomalee and Batticaloa since last year.

No direct rail service operated to Trincomalee apart from the Colombo-Trincomalee night mail train until India assisted rail bus service. Hence the commuters will find this new service a boon, railway officials said.

There will be four rail bus services daily between Galoya junction and Trincomalee. The complete project was funded under a grant from India of about Rs 6.58 crore.

In his message on the occasion, the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Mr Ashok Kantha, said that the project has been successfully completed in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Sri Lanka Railways.

“The project is very important for the Eastern Province and the rail buses will provide connectivity to the people and facilitate their travel between Trincomalee and Batticaloa,” Mr Kantha said.

He reiterated the commitment of Government of India to work with the Government of Sri Lanka towards the consolidation of peace, prosperity and development in Sri Lanka and for the further enrichment of bilateral ties.

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Published on May 30, 2011
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