Thursday, 27 February 2020 06:59

Navy and Air Force join hands with Military police to control city traffic

The Navy and Air Force Police joined hands with Sri Lanka Military Police and the traffic police in controlling the traffic jam in Colombo and suburbs as traffic speed down to crawl not just in the city owing to craze for new vehicles and poor public transport.

Th e three armed forces will be deployed at congested entry and exit points in the greater Colombo area and will assist in easing traffic congestion while closely liaising with the Police’s Colombo City Traffic Division.

Security forces will be deployed during peak hours between 6.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m throughout the week, Military Spokesman Brig. Chandana Wickramasinghe said.

According to the Army, the project was conceptualised by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and is expected to minimise the time spent on the road by citizens and help increase national productivity. The move is greeted with mixed reaction on social media.

However, JVP MP Bimal Ratnaike yesterday tweeted that the incremental militarization of society was a clear sign of failed state machinery.

Around 60,000 vehicles including 45,000 light vehicles enter Colombo per day. The amount of vehicles entering Colombo is beyond the capacity of control to a small city like Colombo.

The vehicle speed limit has come down to eight kilometres an hour in Colombo during the opening and closing time of private and public offices in Colombo and it creates a negative impact on the economy.

Under this set up the army navy and Air Force have been deployed in most congested entry/exit points in Colombo and suburbs in order to assist and ease traffic congestion in collaboration with the Colombo City Traffic Division, Sri Lanka Army said.

The SLCMP of the Army were deployed on the guidelines given by the acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva under a new assignment.

In addition, SLCMP mobile cars and five motorbikes would continue to monitor congestion, coordinate communication and keep surveillance during those peak hours with the objective of alerting the public and encouraging them to use alternative roads, if necessary.


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