Minister of Private Transport C.B. Rathnayeke speaking in parliament today stated that the Joint Bus Schedule will take effect from the 1st of January next year.
Minister Rathnayeke made this observation while taking part in the committee stage debate of the budget's seventh day.
The expenditure columns of the ministries of Ports & Highways, Transport, Power & Energy & Petroleum industries will be debated in parliament today.
Meanwhile a private bus strike continues to affect several routes in the island.
All Inter Provincial bus services which commence their journey from the South
are on strike since morning today against the limiting of bus stops from Panadura to Colombo.
Chairman of the Mathara District Passenger Transport Company A.K.H. Halpage expressed the following views to our news team in this regard.
Moreover our news team also made inquiries from the Chairman of the National Transportation Commission Roshan Gunawardhana in this regard.
Furthermore busses plying the 255 Kottawa-Mount Lavinia bus route as well as the 174 Kottawa-Borella bus route are on strike denouncing the Western Province Passenger Transport Authorities action to provide a bus with a fresh route permit.
Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gamunu Wijerathna expressing his views to our news team stated that discussions were set to take place this afternoon in a bid to resolve the matter.