Dilum Amunugama, Minister of State for Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Community Police Services has stated that only limited transport services will be operated for essential services from the 21st of this month. He said the removal of the travel restrictions was not a complete re-opening of the country and urged the people to refrain from leaving their homes except as a matter of urgency.
He was speaking to the media in Katugastota, Kandy yesterday (19). The Minister of State said that several buses, private buses and trains of the Ceylon Transport Board will be operated on the days when the travel restrictions are lifted, but at no time will there be an opportunity for inter-provincial travel.
He said that only 17 train services are planned to be operated and that these train services will be operated so that there will be no opportunity to travel between the provinces.
Four trains will run from Ambepussa, Mirigama, Veyangoda and Gampaha to Colombo Fort in the afternoon and will depart from Fort in the afternoon, said Amunugama.
He said two trains would leave Avissawella and two from Padukka and five trains were scheduled to run on the coastal line.
Accordingly, there will be two trains to Hikkaduwa and two trains to Negombo, he said.
The Minister said that although the trains will run on the three days when the traffic restrictions are relaxed, the transport services which have been in operation for essential services up to now will continue to operate in the same manner without any change.
Private bus owners have also acknowledged that raising bus fares is not a fair solution in the face of rising fuel prices, he said, adding that a suitable alternative would be discussed with them in the future.