The operations of the “Udaya Dewi” train running from Colombo Fort to Batticaloa has been halted as a result of the prevailing shortage of locomotive engine drivers.
The Department of Railways revealed that the operations of the “Udaya Dewi” train was halted last Friday (March 03).
A shortage of drivers for long-distance trains has emerged with the retirement of several engine drivers and as a result, several night mail trains have reportedly been cancelled.
The operations of long-distance train services have become problematic due to the reluctance of the existing engine drivers to engage in long-distance services, according to the Department of Railways.
The Department further stated that over 20 train journeys are being cancelled daily due to the shortage of employees. – ada derana