Hon.Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport inaugurated the newly constructed Kilinochchi to Palai railway line and Palai Railway Station on 04.03.2014.
Kilinochchi-Palai railway line (27km.) was constructed at a cost of US$ 40 Mill. Currently, the installation of the railway signaling system too has been completed.
Yaldevi starts journey from Colombo at 5.45 a.m. and reaches Palai at 1.10 p.m. passing Kilinochchi, Paranthan, Elephant Pass railway stations.
Having understood the urgent need for solving urban transport problems in and around Colombo, Ministry of Transport has taken steps to develop implementation programs for the projects proposed in the CoMTrans study concluded by Urban Transport Development Project for Colombo Metropolitan Region under the JICA Technical Assistance. The Ministry has engaged with University of Moratuwa for developing implementation plan for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System, as the solution for Galle road.
At the outset of this program, a special workshop for the implementing agencies was held during 31st July & 1st August 2014 at Mt. Lavinia Hotel and this two days event consisted of one day for three lecture series and field session covering four sections of Galle road and one day for a feedback, discussion on implementation and to wrap up and propose recommendations and adoption of report on work shop.
Officially inaugurating the workshop, Mr. J. M. Thilalakarathna Banda, Additional Secretary - Planning, Ministry of Transport, highlighted the purpose of the work shop and the prevailing situation and welcomed the opportunity.
Prof.Amal S. Kumarage, University of Moratuwa and Prof. H. M. Shivanand Swamy, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), India elaborated this fruitful event with their valuable knowledge.
A felicitation ceremony to award gifts and certificates to the drivers operating the luxury buses that were imported by the Hon. Minister of Transport from People’s Republic of China for the CHOGM 2013 and later given to the SLTB, in appreciation outstanding performance of those who have rendered a dedicated service was held at Park and Ride ground in Katubedda on 12-08-2014 under the patronage of Mr. ShashiWelgama, the Chairman of the SLTB.
Addressing the gathering the Hon. Minister mentioned that 86 out of total of 106 SLTB Depots are currently functioning smoothly and managing to pay emoluments to the employees. Hon. Minister also said that 2000 more luxury buses are to be added to the fleet in near future to operate along the main corridors leading to the Colombo city.