School Van As­socn re­quests for bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties from Me­gapo­lis Min­istry

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY INDIKA SRI ARAVINDA

Pub­lic toi­lets and bet­ter park­ing fa­cil­i­ties were some of the de­mands put for­ward by the All Cey­lon School Van As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing a dis­cus­sion held at the Min­istry of Me­gapo­lis and Western Devel­op­ment yes­ter­day. Speaking to the

, the head of the As­so­ci­a­tion Mal­shri de Silva said school vans and buses paid Rs.600 (vans) and Rs. 1,000 (buses) as park­ing fee to the Colombo mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“As we pay a fee we be­lieve that we are en­ti­tled to sev­eral fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing proper wash­rooms and bet­ter park­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

Driv­ers and at­ten­dants, most of whom were women, were in­con­ve­nienced by the lack of pub­lic toi­lets and were of­ten left to the mercy of fa­cil­i­ties in schools.

“Some of the park­ing spots al­lo­cated for schools are some­times too far from pick spots. This was an­other is­sue we are fac­ing and there­fore we have asked the min­istry to look into these is­sues and pro­vide a so­lu­tion,” she said.

Cor­re­spond­ing to de­mands of the As­so­ci­a­tion P. Dis­sanayake, Deputy Projects Di­rec­tor from the Min­istry said, they were un­able to pro­vide a so­lu­tion to any of the is­sues brought for­ward by the As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We can’t con­struct the pub­lic toi­lets they re­quest or pro­vide them with bet­ter park­ing fa­cil­i­ties. We can only hope to im­prove pub­lic trans­porta­tion in the fu­ture which in turn will re­duce the num­ber of school vans and buses com­ing into the city each day.”

It is es­ti­mated that 500-800 school vans and buses en­ter Colombo each day.

School vans and buses paid Rs.600 (vans) and Rs. 1,000 (buses) as park­ing fee to the Colombo mu­nic­i­pal­ity

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