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The 138 route buses will go on strike tomorrow if the Western Province Passenger Transport Authority does not revoke the two illegal permits that were recently issued, the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association said

Private Bus owners are currently on strike due to two illegal permits given to two buses plying the Horana-Karanda route and the Bulathsinhala-Pettah route. The association’s President Gemunu Wijeyratne said that despite their protests against this the authorities have not taken any action.

“138 route buses operators will also go on strike tomorrow in protest against the Western Province Passenger Transport Authority for not taking any action on this issue,” Wijeyratne said.

He said that the strikes will continue until the authorities take action to revoke the two permits. The 138 route buses ply from Pettah to Maharagama, Kottawa, Homagama, Mattegoda, Rukmalgama and several other areas. 

He said that more than Rs.9 lakhs was lost to the Government as a result of the issuing of these permits. “This money does not go to the Government but to a third party. An investigation should be conducted in its regard,” he said.

He said that in the past one and a half years private buses have gone on strike more than a 100 times due to what he referred to as the authorities lack of concern. (Olindhi Jayasundere)


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  • Darwin Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:43 AM

    Signs of the cookie crumbling!!

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:44 AM

    IF they were issued, obviously they had to have all necessary paperwork. IF not take the culprits who issued them. If they have the proper paper work can el all the ones who are on strike and also seize the buses and hand over to the government fleet just so that any Mafia isnt tolerated......

    lakmal Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:44 AM

    illegal permits?

    robinson Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:06 AM

    Great, well said.

    Darwin Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:03 AM

    This is the scenario for the country that has laws and all abide by them. Not the present Sri Lanka.

    backstreet boy Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:24 AM

    the public service industry is a total mess in this country.

    Gayan Samarasekara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:30 AM

    a good solution for traffic. 138 (Maharagama? or Kadawatha?) is one of the worst routes when it comes to driver discipline.

    Centigradz Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:37 AM

    Kotuwa, kotuwa, kotuwa, pitakotuwa - ekasiya this ata mama hitiya...

    backstreet boy Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:40 AM

    dan 138 hitila

    Indika Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:49 AM

    138 Bus owners !

    Use route no 112 as a alternative

    ahmed Tuesday, 08 February 2011 01:19 PM

    wow what a chintanaya....chintanaya

    meranchi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 01:52 PM

    go a head but take care with trans port minister

    Anver Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:57 PM

    112 is one of the worst managed routes in the city. Those who travel on this route on a daily basis see hell on earth.


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