New railway station opened in the East

UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe handed over the East to the LTTE, but now the UPFA, after liberating the East, has gifted it to its "inheritors", and the transport problems faced by the people in the East will be solved gradually, Transport Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said after opening a new railway station at Ganthalawa recently.

Minister Alahapperuma said that people travelling from the Trincomalee station would be able to reach Colombo via China bay, Mollipathana, Thabalagamuwa and Ganthalawa without any inconvenience as the trains would stop at all stations. One of his principal objectives would be to streamline the transport services soon.

He said that there was a period in which travelling by train in the East had become a nightmare, but now the government was able to operate a better service in the East, including the night mail. More carriages would be imported and the government had also decided to import railway engines shortly.

Minister Alahapperuma said the government had been continuing with development programs in the midst of brutal war against the LTTE. President Rajapaksa’s principal aim would be to liberate the North from the LTTE and create a state of peaceful co-existence.

He added that it was the duty of people living in the East to strengthen the President to carry on his nation building programs without a hitch as democracy had been restored in the country.

North- Central province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayaka, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Felix Perera, Petroleum Resources Deputy Minister Duminda Dissanayaka and Deputy Minister Susantha Punchnilame also participated at the opening ceremony.

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