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)