Sri Lanka railway department adds more trains as govt relaxes COVID-19 restrictions


Sri Lanka’s railway department has increased the number of train trips in the western province to 103 starting Monday (12), the department said.

Thirty-six trains on the main line, 42 on the coastal line, nine on the Puttalam route and 10 trains on the Kelani Valley route have been added.

Railway Department General Superintendent Gamini Seneviratna told reporters that trips will continue to be increased in the future upon further discussion.


On Sunday (11), the government relaxed a number of restrictions that were imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, even as public health inspectors (PHIs) warn that cases of the deadly delta variant in the community may be under-reported.

While inter-provincial travel restrictions have been extended by another 14 days from Saturday (10), authorities will now permit weddings at 25 percent seating capacity or at a maximum of 150 guests. Places of worship are now open, while seminars, conferences and ‘brand launches’ may be held with the participation of no more than 50 people.


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