Written by Staff Writer
20 Nov, 2013 | 8:07 am
The All Island Private Bus Companies Federation charges that the lack of a timetable has severely hampered the night bus services in the city of Colombo.
Secretary of the Federation, Anjana Priyanjith said that the Western Province Road Passenger Transport Authority had ignored their responsibility in this regard.
Anjana Priyanjith further added;
“It is very difficult to find buses in the Colombo city which is the main city in the country after 7 or 8 p.m. You cannot find private buses or SLTB buses. The main reason why private buses are not operating is because the Passenger Transport Authority has failed to devise a proper timetable.”
When Newsfirst inquired into the matter, Western Province Minister of Transport, Upali Kodikara said that time-tables would be prepared for all routes in January.
The Minister further stated:
“This is completely false, we have nearly 400 routes that come under our purview and of this number, we have completed timetables for 185 routes. Thirty are currently active, we hope to activate a further three timetables in the coming weeks. The Western Provincial Council alone cannot develop timetables, the SLTB needs to join us in this endeavor. We will be taking steps to gazette the bus time-tables in January.”
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