Aug 02, 2011 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has started work on widening a bridge inside Colombo port to ease traffic congestion within the harbour caused by an influx of cargo as trade recovers after a war. We have fulfilled a long awaited requirement of purchasing new operation equipment. Currently, 03 new gantry cranes and 06 new transfer cranes have been purchased and used in operations.”
“The new constructions would further facilitate the increased flow of container transportation in and out of the port,” the SLPA said in a statement.
Roads inside the port are also being widened to cater to the increasing flow of vehicles, mostly container trucks, flocking to the port for import and export cargo.
The island’s trade has been increasing after the end of a 30-year ethnic war in 2009.
Truckers have complained of lengthy delays owing to the lack of space inside the port and at the gates.
The widening the â€˜Harthal Bridgeâ€™ commenced on Monday, August 01, to mark the 32nd anniversary of the SLPA, the statement said.
SLPA chairman Priyath Wickrama said the SLPA had bought new equipment to improve efficiency and ease congestion.