General Public from Matale said to the Deputy Minister of Transport that a train was operated from Matale to Colombo until 2008, and this train is not operated by now and passengers who travel from Matale to Colombo fulfill their travelling needs by traveling from Matale to Kandy bound train and then moving to a Kandy to Colombo bound train.
Hon. Deputy Minister contacted General Manager of Railways through telephone as soon as he was informed regarding this matter and promised to provide a new train within one year and to provide a train which facilitate to travel from Matale to Colombo and when returning from Colombo to Kandy and then from Kandy to Matale ,within one month.
This event was graced by Member of Parliament State Minister of Agriculture Hon. Wasantha Aluvihare, Member of Parliament Hon. Kavirathna, other government officials, and many other public representatives.
The first phase of the annual process of providing financial relief for persons who were victimized by hit-and-run accidents during the year 2016 was held on 06.06.2016 under the patronage of Hon. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva at the ministry auditorium in Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.
A financial grant of Rs. 40 lakhs was provided for 36 persons who were victimized and seriously injured by hit-and-run accidents. 111 hit-and-run accidents were taken place merely during the year 2015 and 113 persons died from these accidents. 72 persons out of them were granted financial relief during the last year.
National Council for Road Safety was established under the Ministry of Transport by the Motor Traffic Amendment Act Number 05 of 1998 under the theme of ‘Safe Roads for Everyone’, and this council consists of 17 government and non-government institutes.
Secretary of the Ministry Mr. Nihal Somaweera, Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety Mr. Sisira Kodagoda ,other officials ,and the members of the families of the victims participated in this occassion.
A more attractive railway museum will be established for the Sri Lanka Railway Service which owns a history of 152 years, Said the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Hon. Nimal Siripala De silva. The Minister expressed these views during an observation visit to the Railway Museum in Kadugannawa on 01.06.2016.
The Minister further stated that the majority of people were not aware of the Railway Museum in Kadugannawa and, a peogramme of action should be prepared to make local and foreign tourists aware of in this regard by way of a variety of media.
A group of officers including the Secretary to the Ministry Mr. Nihal Somaweera, General Manager of Railway Mr. B.A.P Ariyaratne also took part in the observation visit.
The Trincomalee district office of the Department of Motor Traffic, constructed at a cost of Rs. 70 million ,was declared opened on 10.05.2016 by Hon. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation.
This new office will facilitate to issue about 500 new driving licenses per month and to perform many other services including motor vehicle qualifying tests.
In addition to these services, services such as government motor vehicle assessment, qualifying tests and issuance of driving licenses within 03 days under the online service are performed.
Secretary of the Ministry Mr. Nihal Somaweera, Commissioner General of Motor Traffic Mr. Jagath Chandrasiri and many others participated for this event.
08 repaired SLTB buses of Kurunegala North depot have recently been put in to operation ceremonially under the patronage of Deputy Minister of Transport.
There, the minister stated that it is expected to repair many buses in all depots in Sri Lanka and put them in to operation again under this programme in due course.
Paying retirement gratuity which was unable to be paid since 1988 has been commenced as a result of the discussions held among Hon.Nimal Siripala De Silva – Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Finance and the General Treasury.
Accordingly, the General Treasury has agreed to pay Rs. 50 million as the first stage to the SLTB employees who did not receive gratuity from 1988 to 2009. A sum of Rs 27.53 million was distributed among 351 of pensioners on 03.05.2016. A sum RS 22.76 million will also be distributed among employees who retired after 2009 and did not receive gratuity.
And also, a sum of Rs 29.44 million were granted on 05.05.2016 to 105 employees who lost their jobs due to political revenge. A sum of Rs 20.96 million will also be distributed among 111 employees who lost their jobs due to political revenge.
The gratuity and compensation were paid with the participation of a large number of people including Hon. Ashok Abesinghe – Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Secretary to the Ministry Mr. Nihal Soomaweera and the Chairman of the SLTB.
Minister of Transport Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva stated that the SLTB shall be strengthened under a programme of uplifting the revenue of the SLTB through effective deployment of excess employees of SLTB after giving them a technical training.
The Minister expressed these views at the event of transferring 07 buses, which were crashed because of accidents and fully repaired by the Lakdiva Engineering Company - Ekala ,which comes under the SLTB.
Deputy Minister of Transport Mr. Ashok Abeysinghe, Secretary of the Ministry Mr. Nihal Somaweera, Chairman of the SLTB Mr. Ramal Siriwardena , Chairman of the Lakdiva Engineering Company,Ekala Mr. Ravi Gunawardena and other officials participated in this event.
Rideethanna railway station, which was not functioned well earlier, was declared opened for the public service recently by the Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation. It was decided to stop two Colombo-Batticaloa trains at this railway station in due course.
Many general public including Railway-General Manager, Deputy General Manager, and Local Councilors participated in this occasion.