The Ministry of Transport has issued directives to operate buses of the Sri Lanka Transport Board that were planned to be used for inter-provincial services, within provinces from tomorrow.
State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama addressing media in Kandy attributed the decision to the drop in the number of private buses operating in provinces.
The State Minister said there was a shortage of buses in several areas today.
He added inter-provincial SLTB buses were not deployed previously taking into consideration the private bus industry.
However, the State Minister said private buses have been unable to operate all buses owing to various reasons, thereby leading to the decision to deploy SLTB buses.
Meanwhile, State Minister Amunugama added successful discussions were held with the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary pertaining to the transport sector.
The State Minister said attention was drawn to improving the country’s railway system and providing buses.
He said they requested a consultant team of Indian Railways to visit Sri Lanka to look into developing and making more efficient Sri Lanka Railways.
State Minister Amunugama claimed Indian Railways is renowned world over.
He added discussions were also held with the Foreign Sectary pertaining to assembling and manufacturing Indian vehicles in Sri Lanka.