Facelift for Kandy railway station
Work on the Kandy railway station is in progress with structural
developments, drainage system and other renovations taking place. With a
major area of the work being already done the project will be completed
in early July, Managing Director Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Kishu
He said the company undertook the project since Kandy is an important
city for local and foreign tourists who prefer to travel by train.
The scenic beauty, the historical, cultural and religious
significance attracts a large number of visitors to the city daily.
"By developing the railway infrastructure and improving facilities
commuters could travel comfortably in a shorter time. Commuters spend
over three hours to reach Kandy and undergo difficulties to get to their
destinations", Gomes said.
Due to the poor drainage system and unreplaced railway tracks, trains
cannot run on time on rainy days. A proper drainage system and
replacement of railway tracks will help to avoid major delays and ensure
He said the station is not structured to accommodate a large number
of commuters who travel daily to Colombo. Sanitary facilities are not
satisfactory and commuters undergo enormous difficulties.
"Chevron Lubricants will maintain the station for two years and will
consider developing other key stations in the country depending on the
people's response", he said.
Chevron Lubricants invested Rs. 7 million this year to refurbish the
A committee has been set up by the Ministry of Transport to monitor
the progress of the project and ensure that proper standards are met.
When asked about automation, he said though it will be ideal the system
adopted by the station does not provide a platform to make alterations.
The objective of the project is to improve the standard of the
railway station and provide a hassle-free journey to commuters.
The company has invested Rs. 5 million to re-structure the
Out-Door-Patients (OPD) unit of the Matara Hospital with conference and
training facilities for doctors.
He said due to high inflation the consumption rate has dropped during
the past few months causing hard times for many industries. Inflation
hit 29 per cent this month recording the highest in the region.