The delay in railway services today owing to a technical issue as well as the work to rule action of the railway workers has not been resolved yet.
The new intercity express train service 'Pulasthi' from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa commenced its daily run yesterday (11), with President Maithripala Sirisena onboard for a portion of the train's maiden voyage.
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With the assistance of a loan provided by the Hungarian Government, 200 railway crossings will be fitted with electric bells and lighting systems, Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said today (26 July).
India is helping Sri Lanka upgrade the train tracks from Maho to Omanthai on the Northern Line, a project costing more than US$ 90 million.
The railway trade unions will be forced to carry out another train strike if the jobs of the current informal workers of the department are not made permanent, the Chairman of All Ceylon Railway Union (ACRU) S.P Vithanage said.
Railway trade unions are willing to call off the ongoing train strike anytime if the authorities give a favourable response to their demands, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Free Railway Employees’ Association Nadeera Manoj said.
State Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe said that they are forced to take legal action against the Railway trade unions for going on strike despite making railway services an essential public service.
President Maithripala Sirisena by the powers vested on him had declared Sri Lanka Railways as an essential public service.
The railway trade unions have decided to temporarily suspend the planned strike action that was set to commence from midnight today (19) due to Minister of Transport Arjuna Ranatunga has agreed to schedule a meeting between the railway trade unions and the Finance Minister.