It is a well-known fact that the Ruhunu Kumari express train that travels from Maradana to Matara in the afternoon is fully packed within seconds.
Last Friday it took only about ten seconds for the train to be filled.
Even going half an hour before the trains arrival, I could not manage to get a seat and had to travel all the way up to Aluthgama standing.
My humble request to the Minister of Transport and to the railway authorities is that with a little bit of thought we can to some extent comfort at least a small percentage for the passengers at no extra cost by adopting a FIFO system (First in First Out) on this train.
For this purpose, for the afternoon travel we have to fully reserve the first compartment solely for the Kalutara bound passengers.
The first third class compartment which is just next to the engine is fully isolated from the other third class compartments.
So there is no chance of any third class passengers from other compartments creeping inside on the way. According to the present system Kalutara passengers will never get a seat immediately.
If the FIFO system can be adopted you will see that this compartment though it is fully packed will be fully empty no sooner it reaches Kalutara.
This will surely guarantee a seat for about a 100 of passengers getting in from Kalutara, otherwise they will not get a seat as the train is fully packed to the maximum capacity in all the compartments. I hope Minister of Transport and the railway authorities will take note of this.
By M. H. S. HAMEED, Galle
Source: Daily News