2,000 new buses to SLTB

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY DAYASEELI LIYANAGE

The Gov­ern­ment was plan­ning to im­port buses through pri­vate sec­tor im­porters for the Sri Lanka Trans­port Board (SLTB) and pay half of the profit earned by those buses to rel­e­vant in­vestors, State Min­is­ter of Trans­port Ashok Abeysinghe said.

He said that the SLTB faced the threat of clo­sure un­less new buses were added to its fleet in the next 18 months and added that the Cab­i­net Ap­proval had been re­ceived to pur­chase 2,000 buses to the SLTB.

“Gov­ern­ment funds will not be spent for this pur­pose,” the State Min­is­ter stated.

“Now the SLTB has 5,500 buses in run­ning con­di­tion,” he said. The Min­is­ter fur­ther said that the Board needed at least 9,500 buses to con­tinue com­bined ser­vice with the pri­vate sec­tor.

“At present, there are only a few buses which are new (Less than two years) in ser­vice.

All the other buses are more than five years old,” he said.

“New buses are pur­chased through in­vestors ev­ery year, while 500 buses are re­moved from the fleet an­nu­ally,” he said.

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