Trains have been running on
this bridge mounted on sleepers for close upon one year. Located at
Pinwatte, Panduara, it was meant to be a temporary structure guaranteed
for six months, according to workers. Long distance office trains with
thousands of commuters travel on this death bridge every day. General
Manager, Sri Lanka Railways, Priyal de Silva however dismissed claims
that the bridge was unsafe, stating that it meets safety requirements.
The bridge will be replaced by a permanent structure at the end of the
year according to de Silva. Till then, pray to God that the sleepers
will not give way
Photo by Padmasiri Gamage
split over pact with JVP
The SLFP has gone into a
serious internal split with news that the party intends to sign a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the JVP.
After the recent meeting with
the JVP, the SLFP was exploring the possibility of signing an MoU with
the Marxist party in March.