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'Work from home' mooted by WPC

20 January 2017 09:58 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Western Provincial Council (WPC) is to introduce a work-from-home-system or teleworking as a measure to ease traffic congestion and fuel emission in the Colombo City, WPC Chief Minister Isuru Deshapriya said.

A discussion with government institutions on this concept which is to be introduced in collaboration with the Western Province Waste Management Authority (WMA) was held under the CM’s guidance at his office.

The CM said traffic in Colombo was an environmental and an economic hazard and teleworking could mitigate this situation by at least 20 per cent."

Teleworking allows employees to work from home or at a teleworking centre on one or more days of the week, using communication tools such as phones, fax, internet or e-mail.

“Although various methods were adopted to reduce the traffic in Colombo and the suburbs at peak hours. Toll gates and lane discipline were introduced but none of these methods were successful in reducing traffic congestion,” said Dr. Priyantha Wijesooriya, a member of the WMA board of directors.

He said some 225,000 vehicles enter the city daily and the best strategy of managing traffic is to stop the vehicles originating at the source. “A demo-project will be launched with registered institutions to monitor and analyze the success of the teleworking system,” he said and added that an apex body would be set up to function as a programme secretariat to regulate the entire process. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 13

  • Miyuru Friday, 20 January 2017 10:47 PM

    Good decision, this may encourage workers to do more work and be efficient

    Rohan Saturday, 21 January 2017 08:33 AM

    Why wouldn't they propose to take some government departments out of Colombo?

    raj Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:01 AM

    Finally something good from the rulers..do things like this rather than trying to destroy the country with corruption and trying to legalise evil things like lgbt abortion.

    Jude Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:09 AM

    Well, Idea is good!!! But we All know Execution is always Poor!!???

    Eng. M.V.R.Perera Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:50 AM

    the best solution is to convert all transport to electric driven by BOT coal fueled projects which will be more than 40% less than diesel driven transport and pollution zero

    xlntgson Sunday, 22 January 2017 08:17 AM

    Cloud smart classroom, geeky! Teachers fired.

    Srian Saturday, 21 January 2017 10:14 AM

    Provide a reliable power supply first!!!

    Kale Saturday, 21 January 2017 10:20 AM

    Unless thought out correctly, this will fail.I know how it will be done!

    RW Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:43 AM

    introducing online facilities for ID card Passports birth certificates certificates attesting are some works will reduce traffic via DM iOS App

    knil Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:01 PM

    The politico's boldness is distinctly commendable in the context that, fora convened since around 2007 , on overcoming traffic congestion including those convened by the IESL -(often participated by Sri Lankan key decision makers expertise, ministerial dignitaries etc of the transport sector) -were aloof of initiatives striving to highlight the meritorious features of Telecommuting Constructs while similar drives initiated by other nations like US, 37% of the work force China, India, the 27 EU states , Latin America 25%, and those numbers are said to even higher in the Middle East and some regions of Africa

    Dee Saturday, 21 January 2017 01:37 PM

    And where would all that electricity come from?

    Mavan Saturday, 21 January 2017 01:41 PM

    Please do something to this traffic issue. We need a permanent solution. Start very reliable bus service with very secure parking places where commuters can park'n ride in a bus to the city. Construct a city circle bus service. Otherwise we will be facing lots of issues.

    Top Cat Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:21 PM

    Let us start with the politicians. We can save a lot of money!!!


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