While the Udarata Manike plying from Colombo Fort to Badulla on September 04, 2017 was nearing the Hatton, Singimalai station, a casual worker K.M. Bandara who was inspecting the rail tracks, had noticed a crack on the track in the Singimalai tunnel. He had run towards the train approaching the tunnel with a red flag and managed to stop the train in time, preventing a major catastrophe.
The media had highlighted the bravery of the said worker and Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had inquired about the brave worker and had obtained Cabinet approval to make his employment permanent as a tribute for his brave act that saved the lives of many.
The minister had taken measures to promote the said worker to Grade 3 permanent position as a Guard and he was awarded a cash reward of Rs. 50,000.
The Secretary of the Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry G.S. Vithanage, Additional Secretary R.M.S.P. Ratnayake, Railways General Manager S.M. Abeywickrama and several others participated in this ceremony.