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CGR to appear before HRC

2013 Jul 02

By Premalal Wijeratne & Umesh Moramudali

 

The Human Rights Commission  of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is to obtain a report from the Ministry of Transport regarding the spate of fatal accidents at unprotected railway crossings.

 

Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, while pointing out that there are more than 700 unprotected railway crossings in the country, said the relevant authorities will be summoned before the HRCSL for neglecting to put up gates at unprotected railway crossings.

 

Mahanamahewa further said, media reports revealed that in 2012, millions of rupees had been allocated to set up railway gates at unprotected railway crossings, and therefore, the HRCSL decided to summon the responsible authorities to an Advisory Committee Meeting (ACM) of the Commission, to discuss the issue of unprotected railway crossings.

 

Many accidents are reported at unprotected railway crossings around the country, with two fatal accidents being reported last week claiming eight lives while injuring many others.

 

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Operations, Sri Lanka Railways, L.A.R. Ratnayake, told Ceylon Today, 45 railway gates will be put up at unprotected railway crossings before the end of 2013.

 

He added, Sri Lanka Railways is also hoping to call for tenders to set up 200 more railway gates and currently they are in the process of preparing relevant documents to call tenders.

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