President expedites measures to set up railway gates

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa upon returning to the country from his visit to Tanzania & Seychelles Tuesday morning, summoned a special meeting at Temple Trees with all relevant parties to discuss public safety at unprotected railway crossings in the country.

He instructed the Sri Lanka Railway officials to formulate a successful system in order to prevent accidents that are taking place at unprotected railway crossings.

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama pointed out that only 329 out of 1,083 railway crossings in the country have security gates. Out of the 754 unprotected rail crossings, around 168 are on the coastal belt.

The President instructed the relevant officials to immediately prepare a plan to install warning systems and gates at all unprotected crossings and obtain the help from the public in the relevant areaswith the assistance of Civil Security Committees and the Police.

It was also decided to give priority in setting up gates on the coastal line where high speed trains ply.

Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were also present.

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