Restrooms for drivers, conductors

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Luxury restrooms with a capacity to accommodate a total of 25 long-distance bus drivers and conductors were declared opened today by Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera at the premises of the Pettah Private Bus Station.

He said ten conductors and drivers could sleep, change their clothes and can have a shower while having the capability of having rest for another 15 drivers and conductors until their bus turn starts.

These restrooms were built by the National Transport Commission (NTC) on a Ministerial directive.
“These restrooms were fully air-conditioned with sanitary facilities,” he said.

“Not having proper rest made drivers cause road accidents and from now onwards the number of road accidents might come down,” Minister said while addressing the event.

These restrooms are built temporarily. The Government had decided to build a permanent restroom complex in future close to Fort Railway Station, Colombo Central Bus Stand and private bus stand.

Meanwhile, the Minister also advised the National Transport Commission (NTC) to make arrangements convert the Pettah Private Bus Station as no-smoking area. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

Pix by Nimalsiri Edirisinghe

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  • Robert Wednesday, 01 July 2020 04:33 PM

    Good move . thanks for the great idea Mr. Minister .we must give good sleep to long distance drivers then only we can avoid accidents . I show many drivers who are sleeping road side in their buses

    BigEars Wednesday, 01 July 2020 05:12 PM

    Good idea. Now we can walk past the bus station which have to stomach the pee stench.

    HUNKY-DORY Wednesday, 01 July 2020 07:04 PM

    DM - please take pictures in 2 months time and report on the "excellent" maintenance of the place. For the moment every thing looks hunky-dory

    Shelly Wednesday, 01 July 2020 07:35 PM

    Please apply No smoking and drinking and drugs

    sam silva Wednesday, 01 July 2020 07:49 PM

    We have so many schools with no toilet facilities.

    cineha Wednesday, 01 July 2020 08:56 PM

    Much show about containers converted into "luxury" rest rooms. Still some comfy for the bus drivers

    ram Wednesday, 01 July 2020 09:27 PM

    need to install a drug selling sales out let also. easy to find needs of drivers

    MUNAS Wednesday, 01 July 2020 11:18 PM

    REST ROOMS OR DRUG ROOMS

    Gunasiri Perera Wednesday, 01 July 2020 11:37 PM

    Unless this place is cleaned professionally everyday by industrial cleaners, it is going to be very dirty and corona virus spreading location. Someone must have made some money out of this work. In Sri Lanka, public facilities are not maintained well, to experience this yourself , please visit our passport Office and go to one of the modern toilets. It is totally a dirty place.

    Gerald Fernando Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:44 AM

    How many people in one room. I counted 8 by looking at the picture. Although some thing is better than nothing, this place is not going to be maintained properly. How can they even sleep with so many in one room. What about corona virus. Is that not a concern. If you make a facility , make something sustainable such as 2 persons in one room with an attached bath and toilet. There should be proper cleaning on daily basis. Someone must have definitely made some commission on this project. We will see after one year as to what happens to this place.


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