During a discussion with employees of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority today, 20.03.2020, the importance of providing an uninterrupted supply of essential commodities, health care services and other essential items to the country was emphasized. Hon. Johnston Fernando, Minister of Ports & Shipping and Highways, said that the employees are consented to continue work to ensure the essential services at this need of the moment.
Hon. Minister met with the employees of SLPA today for over five hours to look into their needs. The Minister also instructed Ministry Secretary Priyantha Mayadunne and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, General Daya Ratnayake to ensure the safety of employees, maintaining safe premises and provide safe transportation to continue their service.
Employees can enter the port even by their private vehicles, showing the National Identity Card or Employee Identity Card. The employee identity card issued by SLPA can be used as a license during the curfew.
Meanwhile, bus services of 07 main routes have been arranged for the employees of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). The seven routes include; Kandy main road up to Kegalle, Galle Road up to Aluthgama, High-Level Road up to Homagama Meepe junction, Minuwangoda Road up to Diwulapitiya (via Jaela), Horana Road up to Horana, Old Road up to Hanwella/Awissawella and Kelaniya Temple Road up to Kirindiwela.