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UPFA MP Kumara Welgama today proposed that normal passenger bus service should be started on the expressways to facilitate ordinary people. Currently, only the luxury bus service is in operation here.

"Normal bus service should also be allowed on the expressways at least during the weekends to facilitate people who are leaving for their villages. They cannot afford high rates charged on luxury bus service," he said.

Speaking at the committee stage debate of the Transport Ministry, he said the government should pay its attention on purchasing luxury buses from India instead of purchasing them from China as proposed.

"A luxury bus can be purchased at a cost of Rs. 12 million from India. It will cost about Rs. 50 million to purchase electric buses from China. We are not that developed to invest such an amount as the fare we charge from passengers will not change," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Dee Monday, 25 March 2019 10:37 PM

    Yes. These 'normal' should be only 'leyland' buses! With those train horns fixed. And a good mixture in the fuel.

    Bernard Selwyn Tuesday, 26 March 2019 04:42 AM

    Firstly there is an urgent need to educate the drivers to abide the road laws, Keeping to the lanes not driving on 2 lanes, being better educated when on the roads. By keeping to the left unless overtaking. These simple rules will make it safer for all road users traveling down South. These are some of my observation during my visit down South in the past few months. Then it will be safer permit private buses to use these roads.

    Jude Tuesday, 26 March 2019 05:19 AM

    Allowing normal passenger buses to ply on Expressways is a "Double-edged Sword" yeah!!!

    Rajiv Tuesday, 26 March 2019 05:36 AM

    Eventually, even cyclists will use them!

    ravin Tuesday, 26 March 2019 05:40 AM

    ha you know how well our ordinary buses are maintained. Good luck for other highway users.

    Lalith Siriwardena Tuesday, 26 March 2019 06:52 AM

    How durable are those Indian buses?

    mnsmart Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:39 AM

    Allow three wheeler too? Pissuda? Hetidha?

    Venom Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:15 AM

    Express highway bus driver: 'I'll do it my way' stop me if you can!

    Mushi Tuesday, 26 March 2019 03:30 PM

    Yes. and those stupid drivers will use it as a race track and will kill more innocent people.

    hansro Wednesday, 27 March 2019 06:38 AM

    This is how railway was ruined by SLFP in sixties by scraping first class compartments. Socialist policies!!!


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