The Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) has made an urgent plea to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the resumption of the Trincomalee-Muttur passenger launch service immediately, as the public are severely inconvenienced by the breakdown of the ‘Seruvila-02’ vessel a month ago.
“The ‘Seruvila-02’ passenger vessel is lying in dock for over a month awaiting repairs, with no attention paid to it by the authorities. Hence the people of Mutur and the tourists visiting Seruvila Raja Maha Vihare undergo untold hardship traversing the sea route. The EPC urges the President to direct the authorities to repair the vessel immediately and put it into service as early as possible”, said Provincial Minister of Health, Sports and Information Technology, M.S. Subair in an urgent motion moved at the monthly meeting held on Thursday with the Chairman H.M.M. Faiz in the chair.
Mr. Subair said the ‘Seruvila-02’ ferry service between Mutur and Trincomalee was started in 2000 by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). This service is vital for the movement of people from Mutur to Trincomalee town, since all government departments, the hospital, state and private sector banks, law courts are located in the port city. Thousands use the service daily.