The Sri Lanka Transport Board has reached a decision to resume inter provincial bus services that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from today.
The decision was reaching following the government’s decision to summon all state sector employees to work from today.
Speaking to NewsRadio Deputy General Manager of the SLTB Panduka Swarnahansa said all buses will be deployed according to the timetable from today, to provide transport facilities for state sector employees reporting to duty.
He said all state sector employees have been summoned to work, with the easing of island wide travel restrictions.
He said accordingly, the SLTB resumed inter-provincial travel yesterday and will continue today as well for the convenience of employees.
He added highway buses and other long-distance buses will be operational today based on the schedule.
Meanwhile the Lanka Private Bus Owner’s Association says buses will be deployed at full capacity for inter provincial travel as well as within provinces.
Speaking to NewsRadio Chairman of the Association Gemunu Wijeratne said therefore passengers will be able to maintain social distancing in buses.
Wijeratne also requested only vaccinated persons to use buses as much as possible, amidst the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the maximum number of buses are being deployed to ensure there is no congestion. He added however it will take several days for bus operations to return to normalcy.
Wijeratne said only 50% of buses are operating across the island, as bus operators haven’t resumed duties as per usual.
He however requested passengers to adhere to health advice when traveling in buses.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Railways says plans are in place to operate 30 inter provincial trains today.
When inquired by NewsRadio General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways Dhammika Jayasundara said two trains will operate from Kandy, eight from Rambukkana and Polgahawela, one from Mahawa, one from Chilaw and two from Beliatta and Galle.
He noted the trains will leave for Colombo in the mornings and return to their destination in the evening.
He added more trains will be deployed during the coming week, with the railway service returning to normalcy.