Laws had already been drafted to fine Rs. 25,000 from drivers who violated railway level crossing signal, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
Attending an event in Hikkaduwa on Sunday, he said steps would also be taken to install CCTV cameras at main railway crossings.
Minister said at least 75 accidents had occurred at railway crossings each year and that new laws were needed to protect lives and properties.
He said a programme had been commenced to install 200 signal lights at a cost of USD 6.4 million.
Under the programme, a total of 175 bells would be installed on single railway lines, while another 25 would be installed on double railway lines.
In addition to these 200 signal light system, Cabinet approval has been obtained to install another 200 signals with the funds received from the Hungarian Government.
There are at least 1,337 railway crossings across the country but only 526 crossings had protected with either lights or bells.
“But there are still about 626 unprotected railway crossings across the country. We hope to reduce this number as well by installing security systems,” Minster De Silva said.
He declared open 10 signal lights at 10 railway crossings during the event. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
Video by D. Ruwandi
Comments - 11
DULEEP Monday, 20 August 2018 01:22 PM
EXCELLENT IDEA MR. MINISTER
L C A Monday, 20 August 2018 01:34 PM
This is a good move !As a nation, we must unconditionally support these in order to streamline the discipline of the motorists.
Rasheed Monday, 20 August 2018 01:57 PM
Although he sleeps in the Parilament, he is doing some excellent job.
Gunapala Monday, 20 August 2018 02:13 PM
Good Move Sir, anyone who opposes this would have to find an alternative way of killing himself
De Silva Monday, 20 August 2018 02:38 PM
I hope people will not strike on this issue
goonbag Monday, 20 August 2018 03:05 PM
the fine revenue should go to implementing level crossings barriers.
Arnold Monday, 20 August 2018 03:30 PM
Also drunk driving should carry a 50,000 fine, as it could kill many road users.
deadman Tuesday, 21 August 2018 09:16 AM
How will a driver dead at a level crossing pay the fine?
Akram Friday, 24 August 2018 10:38 AM
Great jobs sir.....I think it will be convenient to catch bus and we can know About bus details as which route going what time will come Now where is bus in map through using new mobile app like Pick me or uber.
A Sumathi Friday, 24 August 2018 03:57 PM
Comment by deadman is absurd
DSAMLANKA Friday, 24 August 2018 06:41 PM
The deference between a developed country and a third world country is discipline and rules and regulations. Everything else will fall in place when this takes place.
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