The Railways General Manager Dhammika Jayasundara says a special programme will be implemented today or tomorrow morning to minimise the daily losses incurred by the Railways Department due to the ongoing trade union action by Station Masters.
The Station Masters launched union action on the 23rd of December based on several demands.
Accordingly, they initially withdrew from issuing train tickets and from accepting parcels for transportation and yesterday withdrew from transporting fuel, cement and wheat flour.
The General Manager said the department is facing a serious financial loss due to the non-issuance of tickets.
However, Dhammika Jayasundara speaking at a media briefing today said a joint programme has been planned with the Sri Lanka Transport Board to minimise any effect the strike could have on train operations.
He said efforts are underway to operate buses from outside train stations according to train timetables.
He claimed that 50% of train commuters travel with season tickets.
Jayasundara also stated that the introduction of a mobile application to issue train tickets will require time.
He said steps have been taken to ensure the transportation of fuel is not disrupted under any circumstances.