A token of another 50 buses were handed over to President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (5), of the 500 buses to be provided by the Indian government to uplift the public transport service in rural areas in Sri Lanka.
The documents of the buses were handed over to the President by Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay.
The buses are provided by the Indian government as part of a project which is implemented in line with the 75th Independence Day celebration and its first fleet of 75 busses were handed over to the Sri Lankan government recently.
Another fleet of 40 buses have been directed for registration with the total number provided thus far increasing to 165 buses.
The buses are provided on a request by Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena to the Indian government.
The project is set to be completed by March 2023.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed to direct the buses to all SLTB depots island wide to uplift the public transport service in rural areas across the country.