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Will hand over Railways, SLTB to Treasury says Minister Bandula

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Cabinet Spokesman and Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana yesterday said that although he presented a low-cost signal system for rail crossings ensuring safety, it has not been possible to implement it properly.

Speaking at the Government Information Department during the media briefing to announce Cabinet decisions, he said that this is still at a standstill and delayed as Treasury is asking for reports on this matter and added since it is not possible to govern this way, he will inform the Cabinet and the hand over the Railways and SLTB to the Treasury to be governed by them.

The Minister was responding to a question by a journalist regarding the recent accident at an unprotected rail crossing at Arachchikattuwa Anavilundawa recently where a mother and her two children travelling on a motorcycle died after colliding with the train.

“I have no obligation or responsibility for the previously installed signal systems. Because of the high cost of those systems, I presented a Cabinet proposal to solve the problem of signals at rail crossings at a low cost to protect human and animal lives. I presented this Cabinet paper to establish this signal gate system at a cost less than Rs.1.5 million by bringing together the private sector technology and various state-owned corporations in this country. It is a rail gate system equipped with both bells and lights and a guardhouse. We conducted a pilot programme in Godagama. Out of the Rs.1.5 million cost, Rs.750,000 was to be provided by the Road Accident Prevention Institute and the remaining money would be provided by various private entities contributing for CSR programmes”.

The Minister said even the Opposition Leader had agreed to support it and later a Cabinet paper was submitted. But the Minister lamented that the Treasury was asking many questions regarding funds and other matters and was also asking for reports. The Minister further said if the Treasury keeps acting in this manner delaying projects intended for public benefit he has no alternative but to inform the Cabinet and handover the SLTB and Railways to the Treasury. The Minister said many more lives can be lost if authorities keep waiting for reports.

He also said that the SLTB has no recruitment and promotion procedure for 66 years and when trying to implement it the treasury keeps delaying them while establishing committees and asking for reports.

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