Vauniya Bus Stand that had been constructed by National Transport Commission with a cost of Rs. 195 million was declared opened by Hon. Nimal Siripala De silva - Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation on 17.01.2017.
The Minister expressed on the occasion that Vauniya Bus Stand that geographically links North and South is a symbol of national reconciliation.
This occasion was graced by a number of Ministers, Members of Parliament and government officers including Hon. Ashok Abesinghe – Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and Mr. Nihal Somaweera – Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
An express train service between Colombo Fort and Matale was commenced on 20.01.2017 under the patronage of Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva -Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation. This is a response to a long felt need of Matale passengers. The Minster who travelled by train expressed the gathering in Matale that a lot of programmes are under way to popularize railway service among passengers as a solution to high traffic jam.
This occasion was graced by a large number of people including Hon. Asok Abesinghe – Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, B.A.P Ariyaratne – General Manager of Railway and Members of Parliament.
"If railway trade unions support us as a whole harmony without fighting with each
other, we will be able to provide a qualitative as well as pleasent railway service
to public", Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation,
stated that at a meeting held on 06.02.2017 evening at the Colombo Railway
Minister expressed these views, when participating the event of extending the
Colombo-Kaluthara double track from Kaluthara to Payagala and releasing the 03 new motor trolleys
purchased to the Railway Department for maintenance purposes.
Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Mr.Nihal Somaweera, General
Manager of Railways Mr.B.A.P.Ariyarathna and others participated in this occasion.