President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to open the new Galle bus stand, built at a cost of Rs. 419 million by the Economic Development Ministry, today (July 11) at 11.00 a.m.
This bus stand was however was totally destroyed in the December 2004 tsunami, which claimed thousands of lives. As a relief measure the JVP built a temporary bus stand after the calamity. Work on the new modern bus stand commenced on October 23, 2010. Among those who played a leading role in this project was Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, MP, son of the late Minister Richard Pathirana, whose cherished dream had been to provide the town with a new bus stand. Chandima Weerakkody, Manusha Nanayakkara and all other parliamentarians and Provincial Councillors in the Galle District gave their maximum support to the project.
This Bust stand is the longest bus stand in Sri Lanka.