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To prevent spread of Coronavirus

Station Masters halt cash transactions

All the railway station masters stopped engaging in cash transactions, including the issuing of tickets and the accepting of parcels for transport, until further notice, from 12.00 noon, yesterday.

This decision was taken by the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union, as a safety measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through cash transactions between station masters and passengers.

A letter addressed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Railway General Manager Dilantha Fernando, had been issued by Station Masters’ Union Secretary Janaka Fernando.

The letter points out that if the disease transmitted to a station master, that person could easily become a disease carrier to many railway passengers travelling to various destinations across the country.

The distance between the passenger and the station master at the ticket counter is not more than two feet, in which they face the risk of directly contracting the virus, the Union said.

However, they said that this move would not cause any disruption to train services, or the closure of railway stations.


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