Minister Kumara Welgama has said that plans are afoot to install gates at insecure railway crossings. The Minister was addressing Parliament today.
The Minister told the House that they had already taken initiatives to install gates at insecure railway crossings. There are about 900 railway crossings in the country. Permanent gates have been fixed only at 103 crossings. The Minister pointed out that temporary gates have been installed at 100 crossings. He assured that initiatives will be taken to install gates at other railway crossings. In response to oral questions raised in Parliament, the Minister revealed that many rail gates were under production at the Railway Yard in Ratmalaana. Accordingly he said that they will install gates at insecure railway crossings.
Meanwhile Deputy Minister Pandu Bandaranayake told the House that the indigenous system of medicine will be expanded and a better service provided. He was joining in the committee stage discussions of the budget which are in progress for the third day today. Many initiatives are being planned to uplift the indigenous system of medicine by declaring 2010 as the Ayurveda Year. He disclosed that Korean assistance will be received for Ayurvedic Acupuncture. Measures are in place to modernize all Ayurveda Hospitals. Two million rupees was expended on the new buildings and reconstructions at the Borella Ayurveda Hospital last year. Five million rupees had been allocated to modernise the Ayurveda Hospital at Yakkala. The Deputy Minister pointed out that the Chamal Rajapaksa Ayurveda Research Institute in Hambantota was developed at a cost of 80 million rupees last year. The debate on votes of 14 Ministries is in progress in the House.