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At least five people were killed and four injured when a van collided with Maradana- Hikkaduwa train at an unprotected railway crossing near Aluthgama Railway Station this evening, police said.

The injured were admitted to the Nagoda Hospital, police said.

Meanwhile, the residents of the area have staged a protest demanding a railway gate.(Pix and text by Sarath Siriwardhane)



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  • Minan Wednesday, 26 June 2013 04:53 AM

    Ganegama railway crossing is a dangerous railway crossing without a gate or atleast a signal light. I escaped several times at this place. I hope the authorities will try to find a solution for this at least with Dr. Sarath's locally made rail gate.

    muhammad Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:00 AM

    Even a request of railway crossing gate is fullfilled after sacrifisation of human life in this banana Island. via DM Android App

    china Wednesday, 26 June 2013 01:14 AM

    What is the minimum number of lives to be lost to place a simple railway gate?

    Ashqar Tuesday, 25 June 2013 05:39 PM

    Dear transport minister,
    You always travelling through that road. Don't you have an idea to put a gate.

    imthiyas Wednesday, 26 June 2013 05:02 PM

    There are many unprotected railway crossings throughout the country. In most of these crossings, motorists cannot get a clear view of both sides as there are several obstacles. It realy puts the lives of travellers in danger. As it is a need of the society, the relevant authorities should take immediate action to fix railway gates along with an employee at each gate, at least during the day time.

    Asithanjana Wednesday, 26 June 2013 03:51 AM

    Minister Welgama and Secretary to the Defense, There are more than 30,000 of Civil Security Forces employees without a proper duty. Pls. make use of them as gate-men in unprotected level crossings with at least a Bamboo Gate ("Una Bambu Gates") to protect valuable human lives.

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 26 June 2013 04:04 AM

    transport minister busy providing uniforms to engine operators. why cant people see that ? how can he see small things like railway crossings where only a few loosing their lives like daily. shame on you people.

    Dr Sarath Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:12 PM

    Transport minister didn't want to solve this problem with my locally invented " SOLAR POWERED, RADIO CONTROLLED FULLY AUTOMATIC RAIL GATE ". Director General of Railways didn't reply for the project proposal I submitted to him on 14th Jan 2013. So I fixed it at my compound !. Suba Anaagathayak !

    Dr Sarath Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:28 PM

    Price of a man operated,Railway Crossing Barrier with Lights & Siren is 6.5 million Rs !. Without a barrier, Bell & Lights system cost 4.5 million Rs !. My locally made automatic system cost only less than one million !!!. Now it's clear.... isn't it ! . This was published in most of the electronic & printed media including Daily Mirror. So far...No response from the authorities ...Wonder of Asia !

    piyal Wednesday, 26 June 2013 04:33 AM

    what a sick place we live - how many times people die in these unprotected crossings? how much we need to spend ? comparing the waste and corruption its peanuts for any government to put up these gates - lot more to say but its useless - voters !!! not body responsible for these kind of things its YOU!!!!!!!!!!


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