Kinniya ferry tragedy: Imran condoles with family members

By Naalir Jamaldeen | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 25 2021
News Kinniya ferry tragedy: Imran condoles with family members

By Naalir Jamaldeen

SJB MP M. Imran yesterday (24) expressed his deepest sympathies to the family members as well as the parents who lost their loved ones and children in the Kinniya Kurinjakerney ferry tragedy.

MP Imran also made a request from them and the people in the region who have been shocked with this disaster to be patient and follow the non-violent and democratic path, without resorting to violence. Taking the law into their hands would create unwanted issues in the region.

“At the time when the ferry sunk, it was overcrowded. There could have been from 25 to 30 passengers on board. The people must also be vigilant and cautious when selecting such transport facilities, risking their lives. In this case, the people can’t justify their faults,” MP Imran said.  Imran told Ceylon Today that the disgruntled residents in the region, who went down the road after the tragic incident, had damaged public and private properties. The Kinniya Base Hospital and Divisional Secretariat Building and the private residence of SLMC Trincomalee District MP M.S. Thowfeek were among them. 

The SJB MP, while vehemently condemning these attacks, said no one has the right to cause damage to State properties and individuals. 

MP Imran also alleged that Kurinjakerney bridge construction works have been commenced without a proper plan. Lack of a byroad was the main shortcoming found, along with the construction of this bridge. The people in the region have to use the 4 kilometre Colombo road via Munaichchenai and Kuddi Karachchi or have to travel on board such ferries, risking their lives. 

“I have raised this issue on several occasions, but it has fallen on deaf ears. After this tragedy, the Government should come forward to construct a byroad with immediate effect, to provide transport access to thousands of people who travel to Trincomalee and other areas in the region daily,” MP Imran added.  


By Naalir Jamaldeen | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 25 2021

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