The Government is not prepared to betray passenger transport to Private Bus Associations. This was emphasized by Minister Kumara Welgama.
The Minister pointed out that he told the President that he would purchase the required buses and he did not want any vehicle free of charge. If they could pay about 80 thousand rupees monthly, they could easily lease out buses. He queried as to why the SLTB cannot do it. The Minister revealed that the President gave his assent to get down 500 buses. The first consignment of 100 buses had already been imported. Accordingly, he planned to increase the number of SLTB buses to 6000. Thereafter, the Minister said they would be able to provide an efficient transport service with the help of the Private buses.
The Minister was speaking at the launch of the modernization work of the Gunasinghepura Private Bus Stand It will cost 15 million rupees. Financial grants will come from the Western Provincial Council. The work will be carried out under the guidance of the Provincial Minister Upali Kodikara. 18 thousand private buses leave the bus stand daily. Minister Welgama asserted that he is geared to confront any challenge on behalf of a state transport service which would compete with the Private Sector. Minister A.H.M.Fowzie and Provincial Minister Upali Kodikara were present.