Batuwatta, Sri Lanka: Community takes action at own expense

9 Feb

Citizens living in Batuwatta near Ragama have taken action at their own expense to make an unmanned crossing on which four people,  a father and three of his children, were killed last week safer for the future. This has been achieved by the community coming together to invest in manually operated barriers and the staff to operate them.

In the eyes of the community, they could not sit idly by in anticipation of the railway or other public funding being made available to address the risk arising at the Batuwatta level crossing, Hence, the community decision to fund the acquisition of the necessary equipment is only a part of the story as the community has also employed two crossing attendants to operate the barriers to prevent vehicular access when a train is approaching. The local view is that action such as this should have been taken by the railway after previous fatal accidents.

 

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