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CEAT in multi-pronged public safety programme

CEAT Kelani Managing Director Ravi Dadlani makes a symbolic presentation to SLTB Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka in the presence of CEAT Kelani Deputy General Manager Sales RegionB Indika Ellepola and Chief Financial Officer Arindam Chakrabarti and SLTB Deputy General Manager Operations Panduka Swarnahansa. SLTB Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka tests a hand sanitizer unit installed on a bus.

As Sri Lanka’s citizens begin to grapple with the “new normal” of resuming their regular work and other routines, the country’s leading tyre maker CEAT Kelani Holdings has swung into action to help protect the masses from a possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a multi-pronged effort, the Company, which is one of the biggest supplier of tyres to the public transport sector, is working with the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) to improve safety and hygiene facilities for commuters as well as bus crews, is supporting lorry crews with personal safety kits and sanitization of lorries serving key market locations and is helping sustain workers at tyre dealerships around the country.

“The phased return to normal life while imperative, throws up a plethora of challenges that the government cannot handle on its own,” said Ravi Dadlani, Managing Director of CEAT Kelani Holdings. “Preventing a second and third wave of infection and beating this pandemic requires immense resources and commitment at all levels, and at CEAT we are looking at some of the touch points of our business as a good place to start.”

One CEAT project in the public transport sphere is the fitting of hand sanitizer units on 350 buses operating in the Colombo District for the use of passengers as they board. CEAT has undertaken to supply sanitizer liquid for these buses for three months from 1st June 2020 onward. The Company is also supplying three months’ supply of personal safety kits for bus drivers and conductors. Each kit comprises of six face masks, six pairs of gloves and personal hand sanitizer units.

Supporting operators of fleets of Lorries that transport produce to markets, CEAT has undertaken to supply personal safety kits to the drivers and helpers of 500 lorries for three months. Additionally, the Company has volunteered to fund an outsourced sanitation operation for three months to sanitize lorries serving the Manning Market, Peliyagoda Fish Market, and the Economic Centres at Dambulla and Narahenpita.

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