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The Director of Police Traffic Division in Colombo, SP Sumith Nissanka said yesterday that no discussions were held so far with regard to a decision about a separate lane for buses during peak hours from Battaramulla to Colombo Fort from December 1, in a bid to reduce the extreme traffic congestion in the area.

However, the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association Chairman (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeyaratne said recently that the Megapolis and Western Region Development Minister had approved the regulation with effect from December 1.

When the Daily Mirror inquired into the matter, the SP said that despite the requests made by various parties including bus associations, no such decision had been made as far as they were concerned.

He said there were already separate lines for buses on roads in Pettah and Kollupitiya.

He went on to say that even though there was a need for separate tracks for buses and other vehicles to ease the traffic congestion during peak hours, there was no infrastructure to implement such regulations.

“Our roads are not compatible for such regulations. They should be developed further,” he said.

At least 475,000 motorbikes, cars and vans travel to Colombo daily. However, the number of individuals entering Colombo by 21,000 buses outweighed the number of individuals coming into the city using other modes of transport. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 7

  • gobbaya Saturday, 29 October 2016 08:13 PM

    beauty of one knows whats going on....and since its appearing in newspapers maybe MS will see and act via DM Android App

    Selvyn Saturday, 29 October 2016 08:15 PM

    The burden of easing the traffic jam is the responsibility of all concerned authorities. So they must urge the govt via DM Android App

    resident foreigner Saturday, 29 October 2016 08:32 PM

    It makes no difference Im sure as busses always pull out over three lanes to get in front of busses in front of them. via DM Android App

    siva Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:52 PM

    bus lane on battaramulla road which is already fully blocked. A layman would say it is absurd. have anyone studied the impact. Is the minister dancing the tune of uneducated Gamunu. It seems this gamunu is becoming the advisor for everything including comments on COPE. Hilarious. such a muck has got so much prominence in this country

    Don Sunday, 30 October 2016 09:14 AM

    First get them to stop speeding. via DM Android App

    menna Sunday, 30 October 2016 09:19 AM

    Is this actual Lanka's lanes for buses?

    rosebud Sunday, 30 October 2016 09:19 AM

    Colombo Traffic Police inefficient. Look at the mess near Colombo schools - inconvenience to residents is of no concern to anyone. via DM Android App

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