The Ministry of Transport says inter-provincial bus and train services will definitely resume on the 1st of November.
Speaking to media in Kandy, State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama said arrangements are also being made for trains to operate within Provinces for season ticket holders adding 50% of passengers travel using season tickets.
State Minister Amunugama said bus operators and passengers need not panic as inter-provincial transport services will resume on the given date.
Commenting on the preparedness of the Sri Lanka Transport Board and private buses to transport school children, the State Minister said the relevant bodies have been instructed to increase the number of ‘Sisu Sariya’ buses without any restrictions based on the requirement of teachers and children.
He said expenses for the ‘Sisu Sariya’ buses are being paid for by the SLTB while the National Transport Commission pays for private buses.
State Minister Amunugama said Depot heads and Provincial Transport Directors have been given the authority to operate any number of buses as required after discussing with the relevant Zonal Director of Education.
He said necessary arrangements have been made for buses to be put into operation in areas where there is a shortage, with the government bearing the costs.
On a separate note, State Minister Amunugama said there is no proposal to revise bus fares due to the shortage of fuel.
The State Minister said the best option is to not increase the price of diesel, in the event of an increase in fuel prices.
He said he believes there will be no increase in fuel prices adding bus owners will be further burdened if there is a fuel price hike as bus fares were not revised when fuel prices increased previously.