15% train fare hike in line with 2018 budget proposal

Published : 12:02 am  August 25, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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Untitled-2By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said yesterday train fares were being increased by 15 per cent in line with a budget proposal in 2018 and as a means of reducing the losses incurred by the railway department.  

He told parliament that train fares had not been increased since 2008 whereas bus fares were increased every year and pointed out that train fares were 40 per cent less when compared to bus fares.  

The minister said this in response to a question asked by EPDP leader Douglas Devananda regarding increase in train fares.  

The minister said the prices of fuel, lubricant and salaries of railway employees had increased over the years.  

The MP asked the minister whether he could reconsider the train price hike saying the people in the North had economic problems.  

The minister said it was not possible to revise train fares at provincial level.  

He said the statistics did not show such an issue and added that the Sri Lanka Transport Board had recorded the highest income in the Northern Province.  

The minister said he would assign a night mail train to the North no sooner Indian power sets and compartments arrived here.