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Special team to scrutinize quality of all ferries in EP

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A special team will be dispatched to inspect the quality of all ferries currently in operation in the Eastern Province, Eastern Province (EP) Governor Anuradha Yahampath said.

She said the team will be headed by the Police,  Engineering Division of the Provincial Road Development Authority and the Navy, she said.

She made this statement when she visited the Kinniya Hospital this morning to see the people receiving treatment for injuries after a barge capsized in the Kurinchankerni area in Kinniya.

"We all need to make sure that such incidents do not happen again. This is not the time to point finger at each other. After the war, higher number of bridges in Sri Lanka were built in the Eastern Province. That is during the Mahinda Rajapaksa government. The longest brige in the Eastern Province also included with this. There was an alternative route but people did not want to use it. We will take further action on the recommendations contained in that report.

If there are culprits, we will not hesitate to take action against them. She said no one can evade responsibility. 

However, at present, the transport facilities required by these people are being provided by the Navy, she said.

In addition, the government has paid attention to completing the work on this bridge as soon as possible, the governor added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 6

  • Karalasingam Sivalingam Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:34 PM

    Make life jackets mandatory prior to approving licences to ferry operators. How can one check overloading? It is similar to buses overloading.

    Sunil Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:43 PM

    Not only the ferries, please investigate what other places there are that pose a threat to the safety of the people and take action to remedy them before it is too late. This incident at Kinniya seems to be an accident that was waiting to happen. Or was it really an accident? It was murder.

    Sunil Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:53 PM

    Obviously war affected regions will have the highest number of bridges after a war as there will be foreign aid. This does not say government or officials were super efficient.

    Banda Thursday, 25 November 2021 05:44 PM

    You need to resign as well. There is no point in reactive maintenance.

    Shaq Brian Thursday, 25 November 2021 06:02 PM

    Why act after things happen. Do it at a preventative measure for all incomplete and advisory projects. Win the hearts and NOT their sorrow.

    Kandula Friday, 26 November 2021 06:45 AM

    Stable doors closed after the horses have bolted- same old story, what?

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