Discussions have commenced between the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Association and the Railways General Manager.
All Station Masters withdrew from issuing train tickets as of 6pm last evening (23) for 48-hours.
Trains will function according to the usual timetable, while Station Masters will engage in package transportation and prior train bookings.
The Stations Masters withdrew from services last evening citing concerns over train fare revisions.
They condemned efforts by Sri Lanka Railways to cover up the losses of the Department by imposing revisions on commuters.
They claimed that they are not opposed to increasing train fares by a reasonable percentage in line with the fuel price hike.
The Station Masters said the failure to communicate the train fare revision to commuters ahead of time, will lead to clashes between Station Masters and commuters.
The minimum fare of the second class will be Rs.50 while the minimum fare of the first class will be Rs.100. The price of a platform ticket will also be increased to Rs.20.
Speaking to media before the discussion, President of the Association Sumedha Somaratne said there are many flaws in the current system adding any passenger obtaining a season ticket on the 1st of each month will have to pay Rs.6,000 according to the price revision as opposed to the previous price of Rs.2,800.
Somaratne claimed the price revision was proposed to discourage passengers at a time when the train has become the leading method of public transport.
He added they have had similar experiences in the past where price revisions resulted in the Railways Department losing transport contracts for goods such as milk and beetle leaves.
He said a passenger travelling from Kekirawa to the Fort Railway Station has to pay Rs.1,300 while any other individual travelling from the Fort Railway Station to Kekirawa pays Rs.1,200.
Somaratne questioned how there could be a difference of prices for the same route.