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Govt.: Ready To Face Strike

Dec 15, 2010 9:28:16 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama has said that he was ready to face any threat or strike launched by the private bus operators in the country.

Welgama made this comment to the media in response to a threat made by the Private Bus Operators Association (PBOA) on Tuesday (14) that it would launch a strike next month against the Western Province Passenger Transport Authority’s decision to increase the number of bus route permits in the Western Province by 20%.

The Minister said that the government had buses and a fleet of trains to ensure that commutes are not stranded during any strike.

Welgama said that the Ministry was continuing to increase the fleet of buses owned by the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) by repairing the old buses to make them fit to travel on roads.