No changes to bus fares

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Several private bus associations said, though the Government has further reduced the price of a litre of diesel by Rs 10, with effect from midnight on 1 August, they were still not in a position to immediately grant a reduction of bus fares to commuters.

General Secretary of the All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Association (ACPBOA) Anjana Priyanjith said, if they are to offer a reduction in bus fares the Government should bring down the price of diesel by at least four per cent.

He stated that merely reducing the price of a litre by Rs 10, which he termed as an act of deceiving the public, will not suffice for them to cater to the demands of the commuters.

Priyanjith added if the Government is genuine in its intention to ease the burden heaped on commuters then they should reduce the diesel price by at least Rs 30 to 40 per litre and not by resorting to acts aimed at duping the masses.

The views expressed by Priyanjith were also endorsed by President of the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne.

BY Nabiya Vaffoor