The COVID committee granted approval to operate a limited number of buses and trains among provinces from August 1, Transport State Minister Dilum Amunugama said.
He said no decision has been made as yet to remove the inter-provincial travel restrictions, but a limited number of buses and trains will be operated only for people who are engaged in essential duties.
Several buses and trains which were not operated in the inter-provincial services will be arranged to operate in the morning and evening from every district from August 1.
Those buses will run with special permission by the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB). The train timetable will be announced later.
Meanwhile, following a request from State Minister Amunugama, it was decided to provide necessary transport facilities for the pilgrims visiting the Kuragala Sacred City today in view of the Esala Full Moon poya Day.
Accordingly, two bus services operate from Kuragala to Balangoda and from Kuragala to Ratnapura from today (23). (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)