There will be special transport services in operation for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. More trains as well as buses will be deployed to cater to the needs of those leaving for their home towns to celebrate the New Year.
Railways Planning Director said that plans are afoot to operate 80 additional trips in addition to the normal services. These will be operative from Friday. Mr. Samarasinghe said that special intercity services will operate from Colombo to Bndarawela, Rambukkana and Maho and from Colombo to Galle and Matara. There is a standby power set in case the need arises. A speial train will operate on the 12th and 13th of this month from Colombo to Bandarawela. Mr. Samarasinghe said it will leave the Colombo Fort Railway Station at 6.50 a.m.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Western Province Transport Authority Piyasena Dissanayake said that additional buses will be deployed from Colombo and other highly populated towns. These buses will operate from tomorrow to Wednesday the 13th. The return service of these buses will commence from outstations to Colombo from the 16th of this month.
A special permit is to be issued to the buses that will operate under this plan. The fare will be fixed and a special team will be deployed to check it. He said legal action will be taken against the bus owners levy higher charges. He noted that even the passengers could make complaints about higher charges.
A special unit will be established at Bastian Mawatha in Colombo to coordinate these services. The Western Province Transport Authority Chairman said arrangements are also in place to ensure that there will be no interruption of the bus services within the Western province during this period.