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The Private Bus Operators today charged that they would go on strike in early January 2011 in protest against a decision by the Western Province Passenger Transport Authority to increase the issue of bus route permits by 20% in the Western Province.

Private Bus Operators Association’s President, Gemunu Wijeyratne while addressing a press conference today said that the decision to issue more bus route permits is illegal and will have an adverse effect on bus operators already plying the roads in Western Province.

“Route permits can only be issued if there are vacant positions for more buses in the timetable set in place for bus operators for each route. However, the Western Province is already overcrowded with a bus over-supply of 20%. The over-supply will double if increased by another 20%,” Wijeyratne said.

He said that the oversupply will increase congestion on the roads throughout the Western Province and the increased competition will severely affect the income of bus operators already plying the roads in the province.

Furthermore, Wijeyratne said that although cabinet gave approval for the issue of route permits for buses plying the Jaffna-Colombo route two months ago, these permits have still not been issued by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

“The tender procedure has not properly been adhered to and as a result a majority of the buses on the Jaffna-Colombo route are all unauthorized buses,” he said. He said that there are some 100 buses on this route and that this number is far more than the necessary requirement.

“A survey should be carried out on the bus requirement for the Jaffna-Colombo route and accordingly route permits should be issued to bus operators. Instead the NTC is carrying out a nonsensical process which has no meaning to it and the Government is loosing millions of rupees because of it,” he said.  (Olindhi Jayasundere)


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  • Anushka Tuesday, 14 December 2010 01:57 PM

    Just take over all the private buses and hand them over to the SLTB. Use those executive presidency powers that the government is so fond of for something useful to the country.

    Farook Tuesday, 14 December 2010 01:57 PM

    Route No 156 which was plying between Dehiwela and Nugegoda which was serving the public of specially people staying down Anderson Road was served inadequately where passengers had to wait sometimes as long as half an hour. Now it has become worse with the extension to Baddegana. First of all they should address the present problems instead of deepening the crisis. The extended run is okay as long as there is a bus at least every 15 minutes. There is a distance of 1.6 kms along Anderson road and to walk is difficult and the three wheelers have a field day when the buses break down frequently due to the old buses in use.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 14 December 2010 02:09 PM

    Private Bus Operation is also a mafia today.

    jt Tuesday, 14 December 2010 02:42 PM

    you increase bus permits, they protest. you decrease permits, they protest....

    what exactly are they asking for? or is it they don't know the answer to that question as well?

    Kej Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:00 PM

    This stupid person dont know population is growing... and more
    people settle in the western province..

    oyage podi guru Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:09 PM

    If there is an over-supply of private buses, then why does route 993 between Maharagama and Malabe go at a snail's pace on the High Level Road and then proceed at a dangerous, irresponsible speed till it gets to Vidyale Handiye?

    If there is an over-supply of buses, why does route 119 between Maharagama and Dehiwala go very fast and then sit for 5 - 8 minutes in Boralesgamuwa, and vice versa?

    Why are the 993 buses packed to EXTREME overcrowding in the evening rush hour, if there is an abundance of private buses?

    Sicillian Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:50 PM

    Kalubowila has a major access problem for people coming from Fort while Kalubowila hospital is a very important place in Sri Lanka.

    What about introducing a bus from fort to Kalubowila.

    Eg-: Fort-Nugegofa-Kalubowila-Williams-Fort
    and vice versa.

    oyage podi guru Tuesday, 14 December 2010 04:49 PM

    And why are the beggars and salesmen back on the 119 buses?

    Danton Tuesday, 14 December 2010 10:06 PM

    How about having a new rout through Sri Saranankara road to KALUBOWILA HOSPITAL THROUGH kOHUWALA junction And have a round trip back.

    Dhanushka Wednesday, 15 December 2010 02:57 AM

    This is Gemunu's terrorism. Shame on him. He always try to blame government by pain to ppl

    koplar Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:20 AM

    what about the route number 138? The population is increasing ,so theres a demand for more buses.
    Goverment better take over all these private buses.

    knight Rider Wednesday, 15 December 2010 04:08 AM

    here they go again. And who cares ?

    Cobra Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:11 AM

    When are the private bus operators not disgruntled? Making money for jam is the 'ROUTE' cause!!!

    Samantha Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:18 AM

    It's time to implement Metro service in Colombo city .. then we don't care private transport service

    Siripala Wednesday, 15 December 2010 02:29 PM

    If they were ostriches they would have their heads in the sand


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