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LPA celebrates 32nd anniversary on August 01st
 

Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama – Chairman of SLPA speaking at the 32nd Anniversary of Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

Hon.Deputy Minister of Port and Highways Rahitha Abegunawardane initiating the constructions of the ‘Harthal Bridge’ inside the port premises. Mr. Chandra Rajapaksa – Private Secretary to Hon. Minister of Port and Highways, Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama – Chairman of SLPA and Capt. Nihal Keppetipola – Managing Director of SLPA are also in the picture.

 

The 32nd Anniversary of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) was celebrated on the 01st August 2011 at the Chaithya Premises of SLPA with the initiative of Hon.Deputy Minister of Port and Highways Rahitha Abegunawardane and with priorities to religious activities. 

Expressing views at the occasion Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama – Chairman of SLPA stated that currently a number of long awaited key  issues have been accurately addressed to boost the efficiency and productivity of SLPA. “ We have fulfilled a long awaited requirement of purchasing new operation equipment of the JCT and currently, 03 new gantry cranes and 06 new transfer cranes  have been purchased and utilized in operation. 03 more new gantry cranes and 24 transfer cranes are also scheduled to arrive here in the near future,” he said. The chairman also said that the NAVIS system introduced at the SLPA has also been implemented for faster operations and the construction of a cargo village in Peliyagoda is also been taken into consideration as a task of priority. He further commended all employees of SLPA who contributed immensely towards the success the institution has achieved through the past 32 years.  

Upon the instructions and guidance of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port Project is currently being successfully carried out and the constructions of terminals for general cargo and service facilities, breakwater, basin and a fuel terminal have been have been successfully  completed. Meanwhile, steps have also been taken to construct and upgrade infrastructure facilities at the Port of Colombo, extending priorities at the constructions of Colombo Port Expansion Project, Oluvil and Galle Ports as well. 

Parallel to the 32nd anniversary of SLPA constructions of widening the ‘Harthal Bridge’ was also commenced with the initiative of Hon.Deputy Minister of Port and Highways Rahitha Abegunawardane inside the port premises. The new constructions would further facilitate the increased flow of container transportation in and out of the port. 

Mrs.Sujatha Cooray – Secretary of the Ministry of Port and Highways, Mr.Anura Jayawickrama - Additional Secretary of Ports, Mr. Chandra Rajapaksa – Private Secretary to Hon. Minister of Port and Highways, Mr. Indike Karunajeewa – Vice Chairman of SLPA,  Capt. Nihal Keppetipola – Managing Director of SLPA, Mr. Norman Weerarathne – Additional Managing Director of SLPA, Mr. Prasanna Kalutharage – Working Director of SLPA, Executive Officers and higher officials of the Ministry of Ports and Highways and the SLPA, a number of staff members and employees of SLPA also attended the 32nd anniversary celebrations at the Chaithya Premises of SLPA.
(CPRD-01082011)

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