Private buses plying the Pettah-Kottawa route & the Pettah-Homagama route have joined the strike action which has been launched by private bus services.
Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gamunu Wijerathna expressing his views to our news team added that buses plying 255 Kottawa-Mount Lavinia route as well as the 174 Kottawa-Borella route had observed a strike since morning today denouncing the act of granting a new route permit.
Followed by futile discussions with the Western Province's Minister of Transport in this regard buses plying the 138 Pettah-Kottawa & Pettah-Homagama had joined the strike.
Meanwhile the bus strike launched by all private buses which commence their
journey from the Kurunegala-Kandy, Kurunegala-Matibokka & Mawathagama Terminal is still in effect.
Moreover yet another strike launched by the inter provincial bus service commencing its journey from the South is still in affect.
This strike by the inter provincial bus service has been launched in defiance against the limitation of bus stops from Panadura to Colombo.
In the interim private bus associations have expressed their agreement to function according to a joint schedule with the Sri Lanka Transport Board.
Minister of Private Transport speaking in parliament today during the committee stage debate of the budget expressed the following views in this regard.
When inquired by the Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gamunu Wijerathna in this regard he noted that if the joint schedule was being implemented expediently the LPBOA would assist the move.
Secretary of the All Island Private Bus Companies Federation, Anjana Priyanjith
expressing his views to our news team noted that AIPBOA would extend its fullest cooperation to Minister of Private Transport C.B. Rathnayeke to make the implementation of the joint schedule a successes.
Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama recently expressing his views in this regard condoned the enactment of a joint schedule.