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Jan 23, 2018

Death trap at Mangala's ministry! (Pics)

A death trap exists within the Asadisi Medura building at the ministry of Mass Media located at the Kirula Road, Polhengoda.

The death trap is in the form of an elevator installed in the building.

The elevator has been out of use for several months and portions of the wall to which it is fixed, is crumbling and leaning towards the WP/C/ Mahamathya Maha Vidyalaya
located in the adjoining premises.

Measures underway

Responding to queries made on this regard, additional secretary of the ministry (Admin) - Mrs. Ramani Gunawardena said that a maximum effort is made to remove the hazardous elevator.

What are you waiting for?

Starlin

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Union - Joseph Stalin asked whether authorities are waiting until one of the school children are injured.

He added that he will also brief the Education ministry and IGP on this regard.

Hasty installation

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The elevator was hastily installed in the building after the then media minister - Keheliya Rambukwella injured his leg in an balcony accident in Australia. Since he was unable to take the stairs to reach his office, an elevator was hastily installed in the building, paying no heed to necessary standards.

'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns that the State Engineering Corporation was informed of the hazard but they had evaded the issue.

Therefore, the ministry had outsourced a company which had declined to take on the task, citing that the elevator posed a risk to their staff.

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