Public transport services operate despite low passenger numbers

Public transport services operate despite low passenger numbers

Public transport services operate despite low passenger numbers

Written by Zulfick Farzan

10 Nov, 2020 | 11:01 am

Colombo (News 1st);  The National Transport Commission said there is a considerable drop in the number of passengers using public transport services after the curfew was lifted for many areas including the Western Province on Monday (09).

Commander (Rtd) Mr.Nilan Miranda, the Director-General of the NTC speaking to News 1st said only 10% percent of the total fleet of Inter-Provincial buses are operating at present.

He said all buses were prepared for operation, however, only 10% was added to service due to low passenger numbers.

Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Transport Board A. H. Panduka said more than 2300 SLTB buses were deployed for operations, however, these buses did not operate inside isolated areas.

Railways Superintendent W. D. R. Pathmalal said Sri Lanka Railways was able to operate all 136 Train Operations on Monday (09) for the benefit of the general public.

Ascertain areas in Panadura are in lock-down, 12 new train operations will be introduced to transport passengers between Fort and Panadura.

The Matara – Colombo Ruhunu Kumari Train will also be added to service from Wednesday (11), he said.

The operations are subject to amendments, considering the decisions taken by the government given the present situation in the country, he added.

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