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Governor orders streamlining of traffic

As schools are to be reopened on Monday, Western Province Governor M. Azath Salley finalised security and traffic arrangements in his province at a meeting held on Thursday with the members of the tri-forces and senior provincial council officers in the health, education, and logistics fields.

Speaking to the press following the meeting, Salley said that schools and universities have been requested to streamline traffic when students return to school following their April holidays.

Vehicles coming to drop children could stop by only for a maximum duration of three minutes and the school management will set up a ‘Drop-by Bay’ for the convenience of motorists.

“The same rule will apply when the students return from school,” he added, seeking the cooperation of all parents as well as motorists. He added that the police and the traffic departments have been duly informed.

In regard to health measures, the governor said to reduce the crowd at hospitals, he had instructed the authorities to give the quota of medicine for two months to the patients who come to clinics monthly.

On a suggestion made by Provincial Director of Health, Dr. K D. Jayalath, the governor said arrangements would be made to set up a First Aid Centre near the Bandaranaike International Airport to treat emergency patients en route to the nearby Ragama or Negombo Base hospitals. It was also decided for airport authorities to have a special communication channel to inform the two hospitals about the number and nature of the patients rushing to health facilities in case of an emergency.

With regard to the aftermath of the multiple bomb blasts, the governor said that some of the active members of the National Thawheed Jamath, such as Abdul Razick, were roaming free and giving TV interviews about the suicide bombers. “Razick is one of the 26 extremists who were on the payroll of the previous government to promote extremism among the people,” the governor alleged, adding that Razick’s friend, Razmi, should also be arrested.

The governor also thanked President Maithripala Sirisena for the prompt action taken in curbing the spread of extremism following the bomb blasts and said that the remedial measures taken by him were excellent.

The welcome address was delivered by Secretary to the Governor’s Office, P. Somasiri; while Chief Secretary of the Provincial Council, Pradeep Yasaratne, outlined the security measures taken by the various departments of the Provincial Council following the serial bomb blasts in the island.


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