Written by Tharushan Fernando
03 Jul, 2016 | 10:44 pm
An investigation has been initiated into the sub-standard quality of tyres produced by the only retreading factory owned by the Sri Lanka Transport Board.
The Deputy Minister of Transport told Action TV that investigators have already taken custody of several samples of tyres that were produced by this factory, but were rejected by various depots on grounds of being unusable.
The factory, which falls under the Gal Oya project, was handed over to the Sri Lanka Transport Board in the 1980s.
With the exception of rural depots, this is the only workplace that adds economic value to the SLTB.
A considerable sum of public funds was spent in 2008, to acquire modern tyre retreading technology for this factory.
While this factory has provided an efficient and fruitful service for SLTB since then, Action TV unveiled on Saturday that as of last year, many depots have ceased sending old tyres here for retreading, noting that sub-par raw materials were being used for the process.
As a result of the sub-standard tyres being rejected by the depots, the retreaded tyres are being stored at the factory.
Action TV also pointed out on Saturday that even the Ampara depot, which is located in close proximity to this retreading factory, opts to send tyres to a private company in Polonnaruwa for retreading.
The normal lifespan of a tyre retreaded using the modern technology at the factory is about 3 months. However, many of the tyres produced here since last year, have lasted less than a month.
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