State Minister Dilum Amunugama says discussions are underway to resume public transport services if a decision was taken to re-open the country on the 1st of October.
Speaking to media, State Minister Amunugama said they are hoping to introduce a Rs. 200,000 worth relief package to support the inter-provincial bus operators.
He said the package will consist of rebates and cash payments to purchase oil, tyres, diesel and make leasing and insurance payments which will enable them to resume service if travel restrictions are lifted.
The State Minister noted that they had provided a loan concession amounting to Rs. 350,000 and facilitated a bus fare increase but said certain practical issues still prevail since inter-provincial bus service had been suspended for over a year.
He said although the package will not provide solutions to all concerns, it will enable operators to resume the service.
State Minister Dilum Amunugama added that the Minister of Health has requested the Sri Lanka Transport Board and the National Transport Commission to formulate plans to resume bus services and discussions are underway with stakeholders.
He said discussions are taking place over the requirement of vaccination cards, transporting passengers based on seat capacity or at 50 percent capacity, but a final decision has not been taken thus far.