Streamlining transport prioritised

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The Government has decided to develop the transport sector by 15 June. Development plans have been drawn up for categories such as daily transport, office trains and buses, student transport and essential service transportation such as ambulances.

Minister of Transport Dr. Bandula Gunawardena has also introduced a few fuel-saving plans for public transportation.

As a result, measures such as implementing priority lanes, starting the park and ride project in Kadawatha, Makumbura, and Katubedda, promoting bicycle use, and introducing equal sized lanes for cyclists and motor vehicles have been implemented.

Other proposals include introducing more trains during office hours, reserving the Bastian road fuel station only for buses, introducing additional compartments for trains operating during peak hours, launching park and ride programmes near busy stations such as Panadura and Ragama, and introducing additional buses for the ‘sisu seriya’ and other rural byroads.

Under the patronage of Dr. Gunawardena, a discussion was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute with heads of institutions under the Ministry of Transport and Highways and experts in the field to discuss quick solutions to the country’s current public transport problems.

They discussed a number of short-term measures that must be taken to address commuter transportation issues in the face of Sri Lanka’s current fuel crisis and rising cost of living.

As a result, decisions were made within a few days to improve the use of transportation for day-to-day activities, as well as office train and bus services, transport services for schoolchildren, and essential services such as ambulances.

The Minister also said steps should be taken to transport more passengers with less fuel consumption, and instructed respective sectors to take necessary action as soon as possible.

BY Thameenah Razeek