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Govt. loses Rs. 500 bn annually for not developing transport system: Gemunu

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Due to the public transport sector, including the railways in the country, not being developed, the government loses Rs. 500 billion every year, Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) chairman Gemunu Wijerathne said.

He told the Daily Mirror that this loss was revealed following a survey conducted by him while taking into consideration the three-wheeler, public, and government transport sectors.

Accordingly, the survey revealed that at least 40 three-wheelers travel in one direction, whereas a public transport bus travels in an hour on main transport routes, including several rural areas, Wijerathne said.

He said this shows the poor condition of the existing public transport system in the country, and the number of three-wheelers has increased due to the poor transport system.

There are one million three-wheelers and 13,500 buses operating in the country.

He said the survey did not consider motorcycles and other transport methods as key factors.

Therefore, the domestic transport system needs to be developed urgently, Wijerathne added. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)


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  • joshua Tuesday, 31 October 2023 11:35 PM

    He has become expert on politics, Hamas-Isarel war, USA politics etc.

    melville perera Tuesday, 31 October 2023 11:43 PM

    He is only a chairman of a private bus association with no proper transport plan that is cheating the travelling public every day. He does not even own small bus, leave alone a private office He should be made chairman of the 3-wheeler association

    Rohan Gunasekera Wednesday, 01 November 2023 02:21 AM

    Where does this idiot get the numbers ? In his dreams? He has got the presidents disease. Random schizoid utterances.

    Baila Donkey Wednesday, 01 November 2023 05:40 AM

    Does he know the difference between billion and million. God saves Lanka.

    P.K.M. Moulana [Attorney-at-Law] Wednesday, 01 November 2023 08:09 AM

    You are correct. not only 500 million losses Minister Bandula earns commissions from India by importing buses from India. Latest news - 4-footer Bandula is building two castles one in Kandy and other in Anuradhapura.

    sacre blieu Wednesday, 01 November 2023 09:12 AM

    The country has always been stepped in farce, bribery and corruption since 1977. and gathering momentum since towards this pathetic situation where has become bankrupt beyond redemption. Those responsible for this recent putrefaction style are still in governance.

    Travis Wednesday, 01 November 2023 09:59 AM

    We don't want private buses. Develop trains and government buses only

    Rip Winkle Wednesday, 01 November 2023 02:31 PM

    Why are media outlets giving this bus driver such exposure? Who on earth is bothered about what this idiot thinks?

    Tharaka DVK Wednesday, 01 November 2023 03:23 PM

    This research seems buses against three-wheelers. Not to reduce uneconomical (fuel and traffic congestion) larger private vehicles with single passenger.


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