Sept 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to install radiation detectors at the airport to prevent radiation contaminated goods from entering the country.
The Civil Aviation Ministry is reportedly considering purchasing radiation detectors.
Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne has said that discussion will be held this week with the Civil Aviation Authority Chairman on the possibility of installing radiation detectors.
Jayaratne has noted that following the detection of radiation contaminated goods at the Colombo Port, there is a possibility of radiation contaminated goods entering the country through the airport.
He has added that the government was concerned about the matter.
A container load of stainless steel kitchenware imported from India last week was detected at the Colombo Port to be contaminated with radioactive materials.
Consequent laboratory tests had confirmed that the stainless steel kitchen utensils were contaminated with Cobalt 60.
According to Jayaratne, radiation detectors are necessary for the airport.