Repaired 273 buses belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board which had been taken out of service due to dilapidation and re-added by participating President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa this morning (Jan. 31) to the passenger transport system at the Galle Face Green in Colombo. These buses are used for passenger transport needs on rural roads throughout the island.
Dilum Amunugama, State Minister of Transport Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Railway Carriages, Motor Industries, initiated the program under the guidance of Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge.
Vehicle imports were restricted after the new government came to power to rebuild the collapsed economy. As a result, there was a shortage of buses for passenger transport. Launched as a solution to this problem, the project will save on foreign exchange spent on bus imports.
273 buses that were completely out of service at 107 depots islandwide have been repaired at a cost of Rs. 115 million.
The project is being implemented by the Sri Lanka Transport Board Depot and Lakdiva Engineering Company with the full support of the Sri Lanka Public Transport Employees Union.
The President inspected the quality of the buses and encouraged them to engage in a cordial conversation with the employees of the Sri Lanka Transport Board.
Gamini Lokuge, Minister of Transport, Dilum Amunugama, Minister of State, Lalith Weeratunga, Chief Adviser to the President and Kingsley Ranawaka, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board were also present.
(President’s Media Division)