Railway lines damaged in several areas

By Buddhika Samaraweera

Due to the damages caused to railways in many areas, given the adverse weather conditions prevailing these days, the operation of trains on the Main, Upcountry, and Puttalam Lines has been disrupted, according to the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU). 

Speaking to The Morning, the SLRSMU General Secretary Kasun Chamara stated that the train operation of the main railway line has been disrupted due to the washing away of a section of the railway between Mirigama and Wijayarajadahana railway stations in the Ambana area. Accordingly, trains were operated only from Colombo Fort to Veyangoda Railway Station last Saturday (13) and yesterday (14), and Chamara said that it would be possible to repair the railway line and restore the train service within the day today (15). 

Meanwhile, a section of the Puttalam railway line near the Bangadeniya railway station has also been washed away due to the floods in recent days. Chamara said that therefore the trains on Puttalam railway line are currently operating only till Bangadeniya railway station. 

In addition, due to a landslide on the Upcountry Line between Rambukkana and Kadigamuwa railway stations, train services on the Upcountry Line have been restricted to Rambukkana railway station. Chamara said that the resumption of train service from Colombo Fort to Kandy and Badulla would take a considerable time, as the damage caused to the railway line by the landslide was quite severe. 

When inquired about this, Railways Department General Manager Dhammika Jayasundara told The Morning that the Railway Department has already commenced work to restore all the railway tracks which were damaged due to adverse weather conditions.