Changing Tracks

The Transport Ministry is mooting changes to the century old Railway Ordinance, to resurrect it once the new Railway Authority Act is repelled. The Transport Ministry is mooting changes to the century old Railway Ordinance, to resurrect it once the new Railway Authority Act is repelled. “The draft to repeal the Sri Lanka Railway Authority Act is ready. We are waiting for the Sinhala and Tamil translations before going ahead,” said Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, S Jayaweera.

“We will present the draft in Parliament as soon as the Legal Draftsman’s office gives us the translations,” said Jayaweera.

Once the Railway Authority is rolled back, the Railway Ordinance will revert into force but the Ministry of Transport is hoping to amend the Ordinance to improve rail efficiency.

“A committee is already studying changes to the Ordinance,” said Jayaweera.

The amendments to the Ordinance are aimed at modernising the 1909 Ordinance and allowing greater commercial independence for the Railway department.

“Under the current Ordinance the Railway Department can’t even go for joint ventures or open access agreements. We are ho