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Private Bus Owners today confirmed that they will go ahead with tomorrows bus strike in the entire Western Province after several discussions with the relevant authorities failed.

PBOA President, Genumu Wijeyratne said that their demand to increase bus fares failed and that the private buses will continue with their plans to go on strike tomorrow.

The PBOA and the All-Island Bus Operators Association requested for a discussion with President Mahinda Rajapakse two days ago after unfavorable negotiations with Transport Minister, Kumara Welgama.

“If we had a chance to negotiate the matter with the President we may have been able to resolve this issue and we would not be forced to go on a strike,” Wijeyratne said.

He said that private bus owners held discussions with Transport Minister Kumara Welgama, National Transport Commission and Western Province Transport Authority officials.
 
Wijeyratne said that during today’s discussions he was allegedly threatened by Western Province Transport Minister, Upali Kodikara. “He made all kinds claims and insisted that he needed to issue permits for his supporters,” Wijeyratne alleged.


The private bus operators have requested private buses in other provinces to refrain from entering the Western Province today. (Olindhi Jayasundere)







Pic by Pradeep Dilruckshana

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  • Konde bendapu china Monday, 10 January 2011 01:04 PM

    Minister Welgama, You have to do well this time

    Cobra Monday, 10 January 2011 01:07 PM

    By the day after, all their demands will automatically become 'reasonable' and be granted at the cost of the poor commuter!!!

    weerasuriya Monday, 10 January 2011 01:11 PM

    One day is not enough and try to continue at least one month.

    CTB Bus Monday, 10 January 2011 01:18 PM

    Hope MR will do sme thing at night ~!

    Over the Top Monday, 10 January 2011 01:23 PM

    Now is the time to see this gleaming SLTB bus fleet we have never seen. I am looking forward a great bus ride tomorrow.

    Yehiya-Doha Monday, 10 January 2011 03:08 PM

    This problem must sort it out. Give some tax free facilities to to import spare parts. Every product price is gone high.

    sxhabeeb Monday, 10 January 2011 03:14 PM

    and let the SLTB to do the job perfectly... one day PVT busses will vanish from SL

    sanjeewalk Monday, 10 January 2011 03:14 PM

    We never seen any SLTB bus From Angulana to Kiribathgoda (154) in office time (7.00Am-8.AM & 4.30Pm - 7.30PM) So how to face this strike tomorrow?

    strawberry Monday, 10 January 2011 03:51 PM

    It will never happen...

    oyage podi guru Monday, 10 January 2011 05:56 PM

    Boru, boru, boru

    Shiva Friday, 11 July 2014 05:05 AM

    Marvelous..... via DM Android App

    shaiwal Tuesday, 11 January 2011 02:37 AM

    Ask them to strike and stay at home. Mr. Welgama face this situation and increase number of SLTB busses much as possible. U can win the battle like we won the war. Subha Anagathayak


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