Emergency hotline 1969 for Southern expressway users

By Dulakshi Wakista

An emergency hotline (1969) has been introduced for users of the Southern Expressway to provide emergency services in disaster situations.

Deputy Minister of Ports and Highways Nirmala Kotalawala said yesterday that the 24-hour emergency service units include the provision of ambulance, police, fire and rescue services.

"It will respond to users’ personal or medical emergencies while they are on the express way," he said.

An emergency lane would also be set up on the expressway. In the event of an accident the drivers could use the emergency lane to park the vehicles and dial 1969 in order to get assistance.

The expressway has eight entry points from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa. Since the vehicles cannot be turned back or reversed, the drivers should be aware about the entry and exit points.

"Only the vehicles in good condition are allowed to use the expressway and the tickets issued at respective entry points should be in drivers’ possession until they reach their final destination," Kotalawala said.

After the express way is declared open all the users’ should follow the guide lines set by the Road Development Authority and also public awareness programme would be arranged.

The maximum speed range for the drivers would be 100 kmph and minimum speed would be 50 kmph.

Meanwhile the spokesman said that CTB and private buses can enter to the expressway after six months.

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