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Payphone operator Tritel Services (Pvt) Ltd has donated a year’s worth of ‘coin jam money’ to drought-affected families in Anuradhapura. Payphone operator Tritel Services (Pvt) Ltd has donated a year’s worth of ‘coin jam money’ to drought-affected families in Anuradhapura. Five hundred families in Maha Kanadarawa received dry ratios worth Rs. 250,000, partly funded from ‘jammed coins’ collected over one-year from 3,000 Tritel payphones.

Tritel’s ‘jammed coins’ fund had swelled to Rs. 150,000 during a one year period ending August and the company had chipped in with the balance.

Last year, Tritel used its jammed coin collection worth Rs. 100,000 to buy a Laryngoscope for the Maharagama Cancer Hospital.

“Coin jams are a problematic issue for Tritel as it is for payphone operators around the world. More often than not, coin jams are caused intentionally,” says Ushantha Tilakarathna, Tritel’s Regional Manager Western Province adding that two per cent of Tritel’s payphones go out of order due to vandalism.

“We have taken steps to reduce this occurrence by checking each of our payphones at least once or twice a day. This is