Private transport service to be revamped - Minister C.B. Ratnayake
Private Transport Minister C.B. Ratnayake said that Private Transport
Ministry has taken staps to improve the passenger the transport
services. Bank facilities will also be provided at main bus terminals.
He said that new bus terminals will consist of a sub post office,
communication centre, police post and a rest room. Control rooms of
Provincial Transport Authorities will also be set up at terminals and
linked with the main control room of National Transport Commission (NTC).
The NTC has provided the technology and fundamental facilities in all
developed bus terminals.
He said that the Government has allocated Rs. 100 million to improve
the Sisu Seriya service in the country.
North Central Province Transport Minister H.B. Semasinghe brought to
the attention of the Minister that he was not happy with the facilities
in the hotels where long trip buses stop. New regulations should be
implemented to regulate such hotels.
Private Transport Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne said that
the Private Transport Ministry has introduced a number of programs to
provide a satisfactory service to passengers.
The support from the Provincial Transport.
Authorities are crucial to implement the proposed programs.
NTC Chairman Renuka Dushyantha Perera said, to provide the needs of
rural people, steps will be taken to further expand the Nisi Seriya,
Sisu Seriya and Gem Seriya programs.
Getting spare parts for private buses at concessionary prices,
reducing interest rates when buying buses, developing facilities at bus
terminals, implementing joint timetable, training drivers and conductors
and other problems will be resolved, Ministry sources said.
Discussions will be held with Economic Development Minister Basil
Rajapaksa in on the development of passenger transport service.
The decisions taken during the meeting with Minister Rajapaksa will
be forwarded to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministry sources said.