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As many train guards did not report for duty yesterday (6) due to the fuel crisis, only 50 of the 280 train journeys scheduled yesterday were completed.

Also, because the morning trains were not running as usual, passengers from several stations were seen rioting and attempting to damage station property. A tense situation erupted at the Panadura Railway Station requiring Police intervention.

A nearly five-hour discussion was held with the participation of many railway trade unions, chaired by the Transport Minister and the Transport Secretary.

It was decided that the Transport Secretary would make fuel available to Railway Department employees.

The trade unions expressed their desire to provide the best service possible given the circumstances.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union General Secretary, Kasun Chamara said trains are expected to run normally starting today (7).

By Thameenah Razeek