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Separate lane for buses from December: Gemunu

26 October 2016 03:41 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Megapolis and Western Region Development Minister had approved the separate lane for buses during peak hours from Battaramulla to Colombo Fort from December 1, Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association Chairman (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeyaratne said yesterday.

While addressing a media briefing yesterday, he said the request that he had made to the relevant authorities long time ago and it had now become a reality.

We had discussed this separate bus lane issue with the Megapolis Minister and it had been decided to come in to operation from December first week, he said.

“We decided to use ‘low flow buses’. While using ‘low flow buses’ we hope many people will get used to it instead using their own vehicles and thereby minimise the road traffic.

Unfortunately, the new bus lane had not been approved on the expressways. But Minister Ranawaka had intervened to provide us with a good solution. We are thankful to the Minister and now we could see there is a Minister who can really get the work done, Mr. Wijerathne said.

There are lots of government institutions situated in Battaramulla and those institutions can request buses for their transport services.

“Those allocated transport services will be operated with half the normal fare for the government employees,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 14

  • The Wonderer Wednesday, 26 October 2016 01:50 PM

    "Stick to one Lane' is the joke of the century. These guys and three wheelers are the biggest murderers in the country.

    Wije Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:54 AM

    Scrap the petrol allowance for ministers and senior govt. servants,

    Govia Thursday, 27 October 2016 05:29 AM

    What Bus Gamunu can do? He is barking only.

    southpaw Wednesday, 26 October 2016 03:30 PM

    How about a seperate lane for 3wheelers as well.!

    NKA Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:42 AM

    Why half fare only for government servants?

    Nuwan Wednesday, 26 October 2016 07:59 AM

    As if the busses are going to stick to their lane. Seeing is believing. via DM iOS App

    Nilhan Jayawardene Thursday, 27 October 2016 08:35 AM

    Un- workable. Our country is a small country and it is not possible to have a bus lane.Teach these idiots to drive with care and respect for others. Politicians can give assuarences and this thug hel bent on capitalising on it. Improve the public transport with more buses.

    rohan Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:28 AM

    Great news but hope these idiot keep to their lanes, and if they don't can the police cancel their licencees.

    Upali Desilva Thursday, 27 October 2016 08:42 AM

    When did bus gamunu get the authority to dictate terms to the Transport MinistryHe could only proposeHe cannot take the law into his hand.Is li because he is a supporter of theUNP . via DM Android App

    san Wednesday, 26 October 2016 04:20 PM

    we have only 2 lanes, one for the Buses other one for the 3 wheelers, haha

    suresh Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:34 AM

    First teach them what a lane is !

    Kaboos Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:57 AM

    Bus Gemunu has become a saint

    zameer Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:04 AM

    Bus lanes should be implemented on all the roads and made sure these idiots don't drive on other lanes. If driven on other lanes should be penalized to the maximum.

    Bus Traveller Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:13 AM

    Good idea if they stick to the lane, also issue correct tickets stop loud music in buses, stop the crew from chewing beetle,and be clean

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