May 27, Colombo: Commencing a new railbus service from Gal Oya to Trincomalee in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka Railways ceremoniously flagged off the fifth railbus provided by Government of India at Gal Oya Railway station yesterday (May 26).
A press release issued by the High Commission of India in Colombo said the Indian government had undertaken to supply five rail buses for the Eastern Province. Four such rail buses are already running between Trincomalee and Batticaloa since last year, it added.
The complete project was funded under a grant from India of about 65.8 million rupees.
Development of the railway services in the area was hindered due to the terror activities of the Tamil Tiger rebels until their military annihilation in 2009.
Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama, Chief Minister of Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan and officials from Sri Lanka Railways and Eastern
Province participated in the ceremony.
In his message on this occasion, the High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha has said that the project has been successfully completed in partnership with Ministry of Transport and Sri Lanka Railways.
He has said that the project is very important for the Eastern Province and the rail buses will provide connectivity to the people and facilitate their travel between Trincomalee and Batticaloa.
He reiterated the commitment of Government of India to work with the Government of Sri Lanka towards the consolidation of peace, prosperity and development in Sri Lanka and for the further enrichment of bilateral ties.