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Railway leave cancelled

by Sandasen Marasinghe

The Transport Ministry declared that leave of employees of the Sri Lanka Railways has been cancelled and all employees including officers should report to duty soon.

The decision was taken yesterday at a meeting presided by the Transport Minister Felix Perera at the ministry in order to restore the train services damaged following the catastrophic tsunami waves struck the country last Sunday.

The coastal railway line almost completely devastated by the tidal waves will be renovated step by step.

The minister held the meeting with the Sri Lanka Railway officials after visiting the demolished railway track in the South. The Minister returned shocked having seen bodies of the dead in the train which faced tidal waves near Telwatte, Kahawa.

Now the trains run only to Mount Lavinia. They will run up to Panadura by next Monday.

The project of the renovation will be divided by regions and each will be activated under the supervision of an engineer. A decision was taken to build a dual track up to Galle and the Minister instructed the authorities to build the rail tracks on a strong basement.

Deputy Transport Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Secretary to the Ministry Dr. D. S. Jayaweera and General Manager of the Sri Lanka Railway Authority Priyal de Silva took part in the discussion.

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