The JVP today (17) said that after spending thousands of millions of rupees to modernize the railway line between Galle and Matara, the new high speed train was only six minutes faster than the trains used before the modernizing the rail track.
JVP Propaganda Secretary and parliamentarian Vijitha Herath told a press conference that the government had spent Rs. 3,600 million to modernize convert the rail track between Galle and Matara into a high speed one and the new high speed train had taken 38 minutes to travel 43 kilometres.
“Which means the train had travelled at 80 kilometres per hour and at 100 kilometres per hour as claimed by the government,” he said.
He also said the government had claimed that the new power set operating on the new railway line was faster than the trains Ruhunu Kumari and Galu Kumari that travelled earlier.
Herath explained that the Ruhunu Kumari train with 15 compartments took 50 minutes to travel from Galle to Matara while making two six to seven minute stops in Ahangama and Weligama, making the total travel time between the two destinations at 44 minutes.
“The new high speed train is only six minutes faster than the Ruhunu Kumari,” he said.
According to Herath, even after launching the high speed train service, the Railway Department has announced that it would only be Ruhunu Kumari and Galu Kumari that would operate between Galle and Matara.