Death toll from train collisions in Sri Lanka rises to six

Sep 18, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Colombo Page

Sept 18, Colombo: while five people including a Thai Buddhist monk and a French national have been confirmed dead from yesterday's three-train collision at Alawwa, about 35 miles northeast of Colombo, another train bound for Vavuniya on the Northern track collided with a truck Sunday morning killing one.

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Sep 18, 2011
 

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Sri Lanka has not upgraded its railways since the British left, like most former colonial countries their infrastructure has been left to decay while their expats build luxury condominions and don't contribute to the tax system or participate in responsible citizenship because they are too busy living and working abroad enjoying the modernised infrastructure and metro railways build by taxpayers money in Western countries.The Kandy to Colombo line is a heritage train that should have been upgraded to a first class tourist service long back with regular intercity express trains running the whole day instead of once or twice a day. The Badulla to Kandy-Colombo line could have been upgraded to a container service for tea which is now shipped by road. There is not even a proper cargo unloading yard to the Colombo Port that is only yards away from the Colombo Port facility. Wake up and smell the coffee, or tea as it may be.
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Sep 18, 2011
 
Also, I would like to mention that I have travelled this line several times, including the hill country from Kandy to Badulla and most of the male passengers in 3rd class, the railway station offials, including the railway police and canteen staff were all drunk most of the time.
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Sep 18, 2011
 
Finally, as an alternative to travelling on the decrepit, slow and now dangerous trains where you get harrassed by drunks you can take the intercity bus from Kandy to Colombo without a break (no bathroom or tea stop)to the congested intercity bus stand in Pettah opposite Colombo Fort station. Any casual observer can see there needs to be another major intercity bus stand outside of Pettah. While looking at a map of Colombo, I noticed that the only available space near the city centre for a new bus stand was the old army barracks that are currently under the hammer to be sold off to some multi national foreign tourism development company. So much for the vision of the Municipal council in meeting the needs of the peole of Colombo and outlying areas in decongesting the city by upgrading the railways to an intercity metro of world class standards including the Colombo-Galle and Colombo-Negombo line while building brand new bus stands that can incorporate a plaza and hotel complex. Money talks, and I hope the new Mayor of Colombo factors these issues into the agenda for the "Wonder of Asia" vision for Sri Lanka.
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Sep 18, 2011
 
Oh, and while I am on the subject,I might make passing reference to the new plans to upgrade the Colombo Port facility, that is as I meant to say only yards from the Colombo Fort Railway station, that all this investment could be made in Trincomalee and Batticaloa to develop the Eastern side of the island that gives ships easy access to the Bay of Bengal now the war is over. I always thought Trincomalee was the prize the LTTE was after. Tamil Eelam is just adistraction from the islands strategic importance to many players in the region. Hambantota is a total dud, a great salt pan with a big rock in the harbour with reefs extending around the Greater and Lesser Basses. Trincomalee is the fourth largest natural harbour in the world and like Batticaloa was used by the Dutch in the colonial era. A former seaman in the Sri Lankan Navy told me is was being recerved for some other purpose. What could that be?
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Sep 18, 2011
 
I am glad I was not riding in the observaton saloon that day which is normally reserved for foreigners and clergy? Anyway, I heard its a really bumpy ride.

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