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Don’t walk on rail track to spot elephant seal – Railway Dept

Sri Lanka Railways has requested the public today to avoid walking along the stretch of railway track between Bambalapitiya and Kollupitiya on the coastal line.

This was in view of people gathering in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the elephant seal spotted in the waters nearby. Groups of people were seen carelessly crossing the track this morning to get closer to the visiting animal. In a video captured by Lankadeepa, at least one person can be seen casually strolling along with an oncoming train just metres behind him.

Railways Assistant Director, Commerce, S.  Polgahawatte told RepublicNext that it is prohibited for the general public to walk along railway tracks anywhere.

“The law prohibits people from walking along the track. So we urge the public not to endanger their lives by doing so,” said Polgahawatte.

Commuters have reported that trains tend to slow down along that stretch of the track in the mornings. According to Polgahawatte, however, engine drivers have not been formally instructed to do so.

If a relevant government institution or state authority requests Sri Lanka Railways to slow down trains in the area, he said, the Department could take it into consideration.

“We have yet to receive such a request. The police can also raise awareness among the public in this regard to avoid any unfortunate incidents,” Polgahawatte said.

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