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All railway stations in the Gampaha District to be modernized

Eleven railway stations in the Gampaha District are to be completely modernized under the guidance of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. This is aimed at providing the public and tourists with a better service. Railway stations used daily by the most number of commuters have been selected for the purpose. The modernization will meet all the requirements of passengers and make the stations attractive to the public.

Minister Basil Rajapaksa made this observation when he discussed planned development projects in the Gampaha District with the Government Agent, other officials of the district and people’s representatives at a meeting held last week.

The Railway Service which commenced with the Colombo-Kandy line during the colonial period in 1867 today covers an extent of 1,420 square kilometers island-wide. In the early days the service was primarily meant for transport of goods but gradually it began to serve commuters on a daily basis.

Currently they number 0.29 million and around 310 trains serve them daily. These include 45 long distance trains and 12 intercity trains. Altogether there are 172 main stations and 161 sub-stations countrywide.  

Minster Basil Rajapaksa has instructed officials and people’s representatives to modernize these stations under a long term plan to ensure high standards since the majority of the stations are in a very poor and dilapidated condition, causing much difficulty to commuters.

The objective of this modernization is to see that no inconvenience is caused to disabled persons, elderly people, members of the clergy and tourists at these stations. Accordingly, rest rooms, health facilities, ticket counters, platforms and stairways among others will be improved in stations at Ragama, Ja-ela, Seeduwa, Katunayaka (BOI), Negombo, Ganemulla, Gampaha, Bemmulla, Veyangoda and Ambepussa in the Gampaha District.  

Last year, the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa completed a number of projects in the Gampaha District, including carpeting of roads, developing stalls for weekly fairs (Sathi Pola), improving child and maternity clinics and jogging tracks. The new project for this year is modernizing railway stations for which assistance of the Transport Ministry and the Railway Department will be obtained, according to Minster Basil Rajapaksa.

Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama, Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Pandu Basnayaka and Sarana Gunawardena, MPs Sudarshini Fernandopulle and Ruwan Ranatunga and Western Provincial Council Minister Nimal Lansa were among the large number of people’s representatives and high government officials who attended the meeting.

Details Published on Monday, 11 February 2013

 
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