07 July, 2009 - Published 15:03 GMT

Security in the east relaxed

Sri Lanka authorities have taken steps to relax the security measures in the east by removing major road blocks and check points.

At least 15 major road blocks and check points in the east were already removed by the authorities.

Many of the check points were in Batticaloa - Colombo road. Some other check points in Polonnaruwa district have also been removed.

Mohammed Musammil, a private bus driver between Colombo and Batticaloa said the journey time has drastically reduced as a result.

Journey time reduced

“It took nearly 11-12 hours to travel through about eight check points. Now it only takes six to six and half hours,” he said.

Meanwhile, some requested authorities to relax few remaining security measures.

A businessman in Chenkalady, Kanapthipillai Mohan, said A5 road leading to Badulla is close for 12 hours from 6pm.

Regular travellers will be relived if the road is open for longer hours, he said.

A traveller expressed relief that the security measures are gradually been relaxed.

"Earlier we had to wait 30-45 minutes at the check points. We are happy that these check points are removed," he said.

Travellers are only required to register the details of their vehicles at three check points.

"We are still facing problems with security registration of vehicles. We hope the authorities will soon relax this registration scheme," the traveller said.