The Bastian Mawatha bus terminal in Colombo would be developed into a transport hub with modern facilities, Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today.
The Minister said that work on the project would be launched next month and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's attention have also been drawn towards the project.
He made these remarks while on a visit to inspect the construction of the restrooms for drivers and conductors of long-distance bus services at the Bastian Mawatha bus terminal.
The Minister had instructed the National Transport Commission (NTC) to construct a fully-equipped resting area at the Bus Terminal to facilitate the drivers and conductors of long-distance bus service.
The long-distance bus service crew faced numerous hardships due to unavailability of resting facilities and the proposed resting area will be equipped with air-conditioning, sanitary facilities and cafeteria.
The Minister said most passenger buses were not suitable for passenger transport and said stern action would be taken against bus operators who had failed to provide adequate facilities for commuters.