Monday, July 11, 2011

PRESIDENT OPENS NEW GALLE BUS STAND....

Posted on 4:37 PM by Dulith Kasun


The Modern Bus stand of Galle, in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, built at a cost of Rs. 405 Million was declared open this morning by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
  This two storied bus stand is the longest bus stand in Sri Lanka and its length is 161 meters with a width of 10 meters.  Funds for this project were allocated by the Ministry of Economic Development.
It consists of  16 shops, one restaurant and 4 stalls for selling newspapers.  It has also 2 resting lounges for male and female passengers and one resting lounge dedicated for the disabled persons.  The bus stand will cater to 692 buses daily and 165,680 passengers are using this bus stand daily.  The new bus stand also has an overhead bridge of 41 meters connecting it with the nearby Galle Railway Station. The bridge also has an overhead roof to protect the passengers from rain.
The bus stand that existed earlier was totally destroyed by the 2004 Tsunami, together with several numbers of busses and killing as well as washing away passengers.  However, despite  many appeals made by people, no concrete action was taken to build a bus stand. The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa realizing the need to have a fully fledged bus stand drew up plans for the construction of a new bus stand and laid the foundation stone on 3rd October, 2010. 

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