Display revised train fares in all three languages

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The Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union (SLSMU) demanded that the Sri Lanka Railways Department take immediate action to display the new revised railway fares in three languages on the train fare notice board and make them available at all railway stations Islandwide.

The union claimed that although the Gazette Notification publicising the increase in train fare says it increased by 60 per cent, it actually increased by 100 per cent for some destinations.

President of SLSMU Sumedha Somaratne said commuters who used the trains yesterday (25) were unaware of the train fares and some did not have enough money to pay for the ticket at the cashier. He mentioned that this is unfair to commuters, which is why they urged the Sri Lanka Railways to publicise the notice board with the train fare revision so that everyone is aware of the amount.

He also claimed that commuters are beginning to suspect station masters of being con artists, and that the Sri Lanka Railways has begun to practise the practise of not informing the public of new train fares and increasing them as they see fit.

“We are not arguing that train fares should not be raised. With the rise in fuel prices and other losses in the Sri Lanka Railways, a price increase is reasonable, but it should be done methodically,” he said.

Speaking on the matter, General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways Dhammika Jayasundara said not all railway stations, but some of them, did not issue tickets for the revised price, and that the massive loss that was expected was avoided due to discussions with the union and State authorities.

BY Thameenah Razeek