Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to conduct a probe into the sea area from Negombo to Panadura affected by the destruction of the cargo vessel MV X-Press Pearl in the sea near the Colombo Port and restore the fisheries activities, addressing a discussion held in Temple Trees yesterday (11).
The Prime Minister also directed the officials to carry out a full assessment of the damaged caused by the accident, covering all aspects including the environment, fisheries and the economy, and expedite necessary legal procedures to obtain the full compensation for the damage from the relevant shipping company, with the removal of the ship, under the purview of the Attorney General's Office.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa also instructed to distribute the Rs. 5,000 allowance given to low income earners affected by the Covid-19 crisis to the fishing community affected by the accident from next Monday.
Ministers Douglas Devananda, Mahinda Amaraweera, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Ali Sabry, Kanchana Wijesekera, Nalaka Godahewa and Secretary to the Prime Minister Gamini Senarath, Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing Sirinimal Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping U.D.C Jayalal, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Daya Ratnayake, Chairman of the National Maritime Protection Authority Dharshani Lahandapura, and Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority Siripala Amarasinghe were also present at the occasion.