Cabinet nod to revise train fares

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Cabinet approved to revise the railway ticket charges categorised as passenger transport charges.

Passenger transport charges have not been revised for more than five years, while goods transport and postal transport charges have not been revised in approximately 14 years.

The Cabinet Paper was submitted by the Minister of Transport and Highways.

The Sri Lanka Railway Department had adopted a concessionary payment system for passenger transport in terms of the State policies. However, due to the rapid price hike of fuel experienced recently, the recurrent loss of the Department is on the rise too. Therefore, it has become vital to increase the income earned by the Department to sustain a satisfactory railway service.

According to Sri Lanka Railways, regular timetables will be followed for train operations.

Cabinet decided to continue essential services while suspending other operations, according to Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena, after the Government announced that only vehicles attached to essential services would receive fuel with effect from midnight on 28 June until 10 July.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) Kingsley Ranawaka, asserts that sufficient SLTB buses will be run and that the existing limits will not have an impact on bus services.

Gunawardena said due to the restricted petroleum supplies, interprovincial transport services will be temporarily suspended. He said a mechanism to provide a continuous supply of LP gas and fuel would be in place after 10 July.

By Thameenah Razeek